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MARCH 15, 2024

Important information regarding the Older Americans Act Regulations

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) released the final Older Americans Act regulations reflecting input from over 750 individuals and organizations, including AAAs, state agencies, Tribes and Tribal organizations, service providers, Ombudsman programs and advocacy groups. The new regulations took effect on March 15, 2024, but regulated entities have until October 1, 2025, to comply. ACL will provide technical assistance and work collaboratively with Aging Network partners to implement the final rule.

Last summer, USAging solicited feedback from our members to inform a 25-page letter in response to the OAA proposed regulations. In this letter, we responded to several components including Contracts and Commercial Relationships, Conflicts of Interest Policies and Procedures for states and AAAs, Legal Assistance and Guardianship, and many others. The final regulations include revised provisions to reflect statutory changes and stakeholder concerns, and most notably a major concern of our members, contracting, and commercial relationships. 

ACL has published an overview document which provides summaries of the key provisions in the final rule. Stay tuned for a more detailed analysis of these regulations coming soon!