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For Immediate Release


April 19, 2016

SAGE Responds to the Reauthorization of the Older Americans Act

[Washington, D.C.] As a member of the aging services community, SAGE commends our partner aging organizations on their advocacy. Thanks to their efforts, Congress has at long last reauthorized the Older Americans Act (OAA), ensuring that this critical safety net for older Americans endures. 

As the nation’s organization dedicated to improving the lives of LGBT older adults, SAGE is deeply disappointed that this reauthorization did not include the LGBT-inclusive amendments offered by Michael Bennet (CO) in the Senate and Patrick E. Murphy (FL-18), Suzanne Bonamici (OR-01), and Ted Deutch (FL-21) in the House. The amendments, known as the LGBT Elder Americans Act (Senate) and the Ruthie and Connie LGBT Elder Americans Act (House), would have ensured that the OAA’s critical services and supports are LGBT-inclusive.

SAGE will continue our advocacy for an LGBT-inclusive Older Americans Act. We must ensure that LGBT Americans, who face higher rates of poverty, pronounced social isolation, and less access to health care, receive the services that they so need and deserve. SAGE will work tirelessly to see that these provisions make it into the next iteration of the Older Americans Act.

The following statement can be attributed to Michael Adams, CEO of Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE):

"SAGE thanks Senator Bennet and Representatives Murphy, Bonamici and Deutch for their vocal support and visionary leadership on behalf of LGBT older Americans. SAGE is devoted to improving the lives of all LGBT Americans and we will continue to draw attention to the unique needs of LGBT older adults and advocate aggressively so that all relevant federal laws and programs address their needs and enable them to age with the dignity and respect that they deserve.”

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people. SAGE also offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With staff located across the country, SAGE coordinates a growing network of affiliates across the country. Learn more at sageusa.org.

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Christina DaCosta
Director of Communications
917-553-3328
cdacosta@sageusa.org

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