Washington, D.C. – The Senate Health Committee advanced the 21st Century Assistive Technology Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Kevin Cramer (R-ND) that would expand access to affordable assistive technology for seniors and individuals who experience disabilities. Assistive technology includes items such as hearing aids, wheelchair ramps, or devices to help individuals who are non-verbal to communicate.
“As our population ages, the need for care and support is increasing,” said Senator Collins. “Advances in technology are working to bridge the ‘care gap,’ improving function in activities of daily living, helping to manage multiple chronic conditions, reducing risk of hazards, and making homes safer for seniors. I am proud that the Senate Health Committee has advanced this important legislation which would ensure that seniors continue to have access to these life-changing technologies to help them maintain their independence.”
The 21st Century Assistive Technology Act would update the Assistive Technology Act by clarifying that the program serves all people with disabilities, including veterans and older adults who developed disabilities later in life. This bill would also increase the funding authorized for programs that serve rural areas.