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Summary. The House and
Senate passed FY1998 funding Older Americans Act Funding, FY1998
State and community
legislation (H.R. 2264) for programs programs on aging
under the Older Americans Act.2 On $92m Community service
November 13, 1997, the President employment
signed P.L. 105-78 (H.R. 2264),
completing the FY1998 (Nutrition services)
appropriations process for the 3%
Departments of Labor, Health and
Human Services, Education, and Native Americans $18 mil.
Related Agencies. On November 18, Administration on Aging $15 mil.
Research, demonstration, & training $10 mil.
1997, the Agriculture appropriations Total=$1.445 bil.
bill was signed into law (P.L. 105-86),
providing funding for the elderly
nutrition program. FY1998 funding for programs under the Older Americans Act totals
$1.445 billion, $12 million more than in FY1997, representing a 1% increase. Total
funding for the nutrition program increased by 3% over the FY1997 level.
Program Levels. FY1998 funding for nutrition services under the Older Americans
Act is $626 million. Funding levels for congregate and home-delivered services increased
slightly above the FY1997 amount so that congregate meals funding was increased by 2%
and home-delivered meals was increased by 7%.3 The USDA commodities program
received $140 million (P.L. 105-86), the same amount as in FY1997. Funding for
supportive services and centers was increased by 3% to $310 million. Title VII activities,
elder abuse prevention and long-term care ombudsman programs, continue to receive
earmarks under supportive services and centers. Since FY1996, these two activities have
received earmarks under supportive services and centers equivalent to FY1995 funding
levels for the separately authorized programs under Title VII.
The community service employment and training (Title V) program is funded at $440
million for FY1998, a $5 million (1%) increase over the amount available in FY1997 ($435
million). Preventive health and in-home services for the frail elderly both received funding
increases over the FY1997 appropriations levels. Preventive health is funded at $16
million for FY1998, a 3% increase above FY1997 funding, while frail elderly services is
funded at almost $10 million, representing a 5% increase over its FY1997 level.
2Programs under the Older Americans Act, with the exception of the USDA commodities
program are funded annually under appropriations legislation for the Departments of Labor, Health
and Human Services, and Education and Related Agencies (L-HHS-ED). Funding for the USDA
commodities program is included in appropriations legislation for Agriculture, Rural Development,
Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies.
3The House amount included a $4.725 million increase to nutrition services, added by
Representative Chenoweth's floor amendment to H.R. 2264. The Senate amount included a $40
million increase added by Senator D'Amato's floor amendment to S.1061.
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