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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: AoA Press Office
Friday, March 13, 2009 202.357.3507

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, please visit: http://www.aoa.gov/aoaroot/about/budget/current_budg/legbudg_current_budg.aspx