Senate Passes Sinema Priorites for Arizona Seniors

Mar 6, 2020

The bipartisan Supporting Older Americans Act shaped by Sinema to be signed into law

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan Supporting Older Americans Act—legislation cosponsored and shaped by Arizona senior Senator Kyrsten Sinema that will improve Arizona seniors’ health care, increase access to caregivers, and keep seniors safe. The bill now heads to the president’s desk to be signed into law.
“Arizona seniors deserve a safe and secure retirement after a lifetime of hard work. I’m proud the Senate approved our commonsense measures to protect seniors from falls, increase resources for chronic diseases, and expand access to home health care and caregivers,” said Sinema, a member of the Senate Aging Committee.
The Sinema-shaped Supporting Older Americans Act reauthorization bill passed the Senate with unanimous support. Sinema helped secure the following priorities:

  • Younger Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Act: Bipartisan bill backed by Sinema allows patients diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease to access the support programs funded  
  • TIME for Holocaust Survivors Act: Bipartisan bill backed by Sinema develops programs that consider the unique needs of Holocaust survivors. 
  • Falls Prevention: Multiple bipartisan proposals backed by Sinema to increase awareness and protections for seniors from falls, including increased access to osteoporosis testing for Medicare beneficiaries.
  • Chronic Disease Self-Management: Multiple bipartisan proposals backed by Sinema including the Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act which expands access to Diabetes Self-Management Training for Medicare beneficiaries. 
  • Home Modifications: Multiple bipartisan proposals backed by Sinema to improve access to home health care. The Older Americans Act establishes the Senior Home Modification Assistance Initiative which would conduct an analysis of all federal home modification programs and determine how well utilized these programs are.