WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King, Susan Collins, and Brian Schatz of Hawaii introduced legislation Thursday that will help make independent living for seniors less burdensome.
The “Senior Home Modification Assistance Act” creates a way of coordinating many of the existing federal home modification programs and will provide a more user friendly platform for how these programs can benefit America’s seniors.
The act may also have important implications on the federal budget, by making low cost investments in improving accessibility in the home for seniors, these programs may reduce costs in other areas.
The bill adds clarity to the report “Healthy Aging Begins at Home.” That report identified programs and benefits, however the requirements were difficult for many older Americans to understand, resulting in many programs not utilized to their greatest potential.
Senator King also introduced a similar bill last session.