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.
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WASHINGTON, DC - 55 years ago today, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid into law. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Co-Founder & Co-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families, released the following statement in celebration of the anniversary:
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee Chair, and Anna G. Eshoo (D-CA), Health Subcommittee Chairwoman, today sent a letter urging Congressional leadership to include key policies and dedicated funding in the upcoming coronavirus relief package to protect and support Americans living and working in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
WASHINGTON – Nearly two weeks have passed since disturbing reports emerged of thousands of vulnerable older Americans being wrongfully discharged from nursing homes across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to continued CMS and HHS inaction to stop these evictions, today, House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families (TFAF) Co-Chairs Reps.
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