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Financial commitment by Congress to address elder abuse issues is an encouraging step

Responding to a push by the ABA and elder rights advocates for a greater commitment from the federal government to address the growing problem of elder abuse, neglect and exploitation, Congress has approved $4 million in new funding this year for the Elder Justice Initiative. The funding was included in the omnibus appropriations legislation enacted by Congress in December for fiscal year 2015, which started Oct. 1, 2014.

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