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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Today, the U.S. House passed my bill, the EMPOWER for Health Act, which will help boost our medical workforce and ensure older Americans have access to the care they deserve.
“As we mark October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month, it is important that we make a renewed commitment to ensuring that the American workplace is open and available to individuals with disabilities. We all benefit when workers with disabilities are able to contribute to our economy and participate fully in our communities.
“It is estimated that 5 million older adults each year suffer from neglect, abuse or exploitation. Today, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, is a time to focus attention on those – mostly women – who are at risk. They are our parents and our grandparents, our friends and our neighbors. They live in our country and around the world. They are suffering from physical and verbal abuse, domestic violence, income theft and manipulation, isolation, and lack of needed care and services. They need not just our attention but our action.
Today, Seniors Task Force Co-Chairs Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Rep. Doris Matsui released the following statement in response to the 2018 Social Security and Medicare Trustees Reports:
“The Trustees’ reports make it clear that the Republican tax scam directly threatens the Medicare program, reducing its solvency by three years. The tax scam comes at the expense of seniors and American families –taking funding from Medicare in order to give even more tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.