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Friday, November 19, 2021

Build Back Better Act Passes out of the House of Representatives now on to the Senate


News from the Elder Justice Coalition
 $4.2 Billion in Elder Justice Act Funding Passes First Big Test in House
This morning, the House of Representatives passed the Build Back Better Act, which includes a historic investment of $4.2 billion to reauthorize and modernize the Elder Justice Act.
The bipartisan Elder Justice Coalition called the House vote “historic—it provides the largest federal commitment in history in our effort to combat elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.”
The specifics include:
  • $1.7 billion for post-acute and long-term care worker recruitment and retention;
  • $1.5 billion for Adult Protective Services functions and grant programs;
  • $183 million for long-term care ombudsman program grants and training;
  • $530 million for supporting linkages to legal services and medical-legal partnerships (MLPs); and
  • $265 million to address social isolation and loneliness
The Coalition offered high praise to House Ways and Means Committee Chair Richard Neal for his steadfast commitment to elder justice and leadership in securing passage of this bill.
The bill now goes to the Senate, where strong advocacy is expected to maintain the House funding levels.