Every day, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old. As the Co-Chair of the House Democrats Task Force on Aging and Families in the House of Representatives, I believe it is essential that we nurture a culture that respects older Americans and that protects the financial and health security that Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid provide.

Older Americans have spent many years working to raise families, pay their taxes, protect our country and build our communities. They have the right to the benefits that they have earned and to know that they will have the resources they need in retirement. That is why I so strongly oppose efforts to privatize Social Security or reduce benefits, to turn Medicare over to private insurance companies and turn it into "vouchercare", or jeopardize access to long-term care services by cutting Medicaid and turning it into a block grant. We can ensure the longevity of these programs by making them more efficient. We do not need to cut benefits.

I am also committed to expanding access to the full range of long-term care services and supports, and helping seniors age in place within their own communities. We must build upon the Older Americans Act to meet those needs.

More on Seniors

October 15, 2015 Press Release

Today, Representatives Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Patrick Murphy (FL-18), sponsors of H. Res 393 released the following statement after the Social Security Administration announced that there would not be a cost of living adjustment (COLA) for Social Security beneficiaries in 2016:

August 14, 2015 Press Release

Skokie, IL. – Rep. Jan Schakowsky delivered Meals on Wheels to Evanston and Skokie residents on Thursday and released the following statement on the experience:

July 28, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Rep. Jan Schakowsky reintroduced the Eleanor Smith Inclusive Home Design Act, which would require new homes built with federal dollars to meet accessibility standards – including a zero-step entrance, wheelchair accessible doorways and bathrooms, and climate controls that are at a height reachable from a wheelchair.  Rep. Schakowsky released the following statement about the bill:

February 2, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – “President Obama’s budget is a clear blueprint for how we can move our country forward and build an America that works for all of us rather than just the richest few.

It reflects our values and it invests in our future by creating jobs, raising wages, investing in child and dependent care, education, infrastructure, research and development, retirement security, and other priorities. This budget would strengthen our country and promote economic security for those who are struggling to make ends meet. 

July 17, 2014 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC —  On June 20, Representatives Jan Schakowsky and Raul Grijalva led 121 of their House colleagues on a letter to Social Security Acting Administrator Carolyn W.