Seniors and Medicaid

Medicaid is not only a critical source of health care for pregnant women and infants, children and people with disabilities, it is a lifeline for seniors.

With the retirement of the baby boom generation, 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old every day, and up to 70% of them will need long-term care services at some point in their lives. 

Medicaid is the primary source of long-term care services in the nation.  It pays for about 40% of all services provided at home and in the community and 70% of all nursing home costs. 

Because Medicaid is a federal-state partnership, the federal government is able to set basic quality standards for those services, and I am working hard to make sure that we provide seniors with a full range of safe and affordable long-term care options.  For example, I authored a provision to require criminal background checks for long-term care workers, which was incorporated into law as part of Obamacare.

Medicaid also helps 6 million low-income– “dual eligibles” who receive benefits from both Medicare and Medicaid.  Medicaid helps low-income seniors pay their Medicare premium and out-of-pocket costs and also can provide additional services – like hearing aids and dental care – that are not covered under Medicare.

More on Seniors and Medicaid

January 11, 2018 Press Release

Washington, D.C.- Congressional Progressive Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Raúl Grijalva (D-AZ), and Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), along with CPC Health Task Force Chair Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), released the following statement today after guidance was issued by the Trump administration to state Medicaid directors encouraging them to implement controversial work requirements for Medicaid.

December 4, 2012 Article

The American people deserve to know the potential fallout of the fiscal cliff battle

  • Roll Call | By Rep. Jan Schakowsky
  • Dec. 3, 2012, 7:19 p.m.

There has been a lot of talk lately about how to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Now it's time to get specific – not just about numbers but about how the proposals would affect real people.

December 4, 2012 Press Release

The American people deserve to know the potential fallout of the fiscal cliff battle

Roll Call, By Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Dec. 3, 2012

There has been a lot of talk lately about how to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Now it's time to get specific – not just about numbers but about how the proposals would affect real people.

It's true that the details are becoming clearer now about tax policies, such as whether changes will affect income over $250,000 or $1 million. But that precision is mostly missing when it comes to proposals regarding Medicare and Medicaid.

July 30, 2012 Press Release

Washington, D.C. (July 30, 2012) — Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement today in recognition of the 47th anniversary of the creation of Medicare and Medicaid and in response to a report released by the Alliance for Retired Americans, Social Security Works, and the Strengthen Social Security Coalition for their work and for this important study on the importance of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid to the people of Illinois:

June 9, 2011 Press Release

Chicago, IL. (June 9, 2011) –Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL), Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) heard testimony from Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, patients and providers about the negative impact on access to medical, long-term care and the economy caused by deep cuts to federal Medicaid funding. 

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