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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June 16, 2020 In The News

It’s been nearly two months since Congress put $25 billion on President Trump’s desk to expand Covid-19 testing capacity and come up with a plan to support every state and cover every American. Yet after some 116,000 lives lost, at least 44,000 in our nursing homes, the president still does not have a plan.

June 1, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Today, U.S. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Co-Chair of the House Democrats’ Task Force on Aging and Families, released the following statement after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) failed to publish COVID-19 data that the agency has been collecting from U.S. nursing homes by May 31:

May 22, 2020 Press Release

EVANSTON, IL – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Co-Chair of the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families (TFAF), announced the introduction of the COVID-19 Recovery for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act of 2020, H.R. 6951. She was joined by the rest of the TFAF leadership.

May 15, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a senior member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, voted in favor of The Heroes Act, House Democrats’ latest legislation to address the continued public health crisis and provide desperately needed support for struggling families and essential workers, with funds for testing and tracing measures, key support for frontline workers and strengthened assistance for the American people.  Congresswoman Schakowsky also released a new detailed estimate of the direct benefits that the Heroes Act would provi