Sen. Susan Collins said Wednesday that supporting family caregivers will be one of her five priority areas when she’s working on reauthorization of the federal Older Americans Act (OAA).
The act shapes many major federal programs that help people over age 65, such as programs that provide meals for low-income older Americans, and for older Americans who are homebound.
Collins — a Maine Republican who is known for her ability to work with Democrats to create bipartisan bills that get signed into law — is heading an OAA reauthorization panel that includes Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.
The reauthorization coalition also includes Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent.
““My chief goal is to get across the finish line, on time, a robust and bipartisan Older Americans Act that will strengthen support for its bread and butter programs, while providing more flexibility for states to meet local needs,” Collins said in a statement about the OAA reauthorization efforts.
In addition to supporting family caregivers, priorities will include nutrition, transportation, reducing social isolation, and elder justice, Collins said.