|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
||Contact: AoA Press Office
|Friday, March 13, 2009
AoA FY 2009 Budget Signed into Law
$78 million more to support home and community-based services for older Americans
Edwin L. Walker, Acting Assistant Secretary for Aging announces that
the Administration on Aging (AoA) budget for FY 2009 is nearly $78
million above last year’s level. The budget was part of the Omnibus
Appropriations Act of 2009 signed into law by President Barack Obama on March 11, 2009.
The AoA budget, which totals $1,491,343,000, contains a $23.6 million increase for
Congregate Nutrition Programs, a $20.6 million increase for Home-Delivered
Meals programs, and an increase of $10 million for Home and Community- Based Services.
Modest increases have been included for Native American programs, programs that support
family caregivers, long term care ombudsman programs that help nursing home residents and their
families, senior legal hotlines and pension counseling projects among others.
The legislation also contains an additional $10.1 million for AoA initiatives that
promote good health through prevention, dignity and independence for older Americans.
“These increases, in particular those for nutrition and home and
community-based services, are greatly needed at a time when many
older Americans and their families are struggling to make ends meet,”
said Acting Assistant Secretary Walker. “This budget supports the President’s
efforts to help people and communities cope with our current economic crisis.
It also continues to move our national aging services network forward in its efforts
to help older Americans stay healthy, remain at home in their communities, avoid costly
nursing home stays, and reduce health care costs.” To view the entire FY 2009 AoA Budget,