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Matsui, House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families, Introduce Older Americans Bill of Rights

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families, co-led by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), announced the introduction of the Older Americans Bill of Rights. The resolution, which identifies and establishes fundamental rights that every older American and their families deserve, is centered around four pillars including: guaranteeing access to affordable, equitable and comprehensive health care; financial and retirement security for seniors and their families; full participation and contribution to their communities; and aging with dignity and respect.

A historic 136 House Democrats, representing over half of the House Democratic Caucus, have signed on as co-sponsors. Thus far, 12 pieces of legislation supporting the principles outlined in the resolution, including the bipartisan Lower Drug Costs Now Act, have been passed in the House during the 116th Congress.

“Older Americans have worked hard their entire lives to contribute to our economy, care for our families and enrich our communities. It is now up to us to guarantee seniors the right to affordable, high-quality health care, financial security, and livable communities that support aging at home,” said Congresswoman Matsui.  “Many seniors now face difficulties achieving retirement security, a challenge only exacerbated by the rising costs in health care and prescription drugs. As the Trump Administration moves to cut funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security benefits, these affordability challenges will only get worse. The Older American Bill of Rights is a forceful response to these threats that reinforces how Democrats stand with our older Americans and will fight for their priorities.  Our seniors have earned the right to retire and age with dignity.”

Supporters of the Older Americans Bill of Rights include: Alliance for Aging Research; Alliance for Retired Americans; American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO); American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME); Caring Across Generations; Center for Medicare Advocacy; Diverse Elders Coalition; Elder Justice Coalition; Families USA; The Gerontological Society of America; Justice in Aging; The Long Term Care Community Coalition; Medicare Rights Center; National Alliance for Caregiving; National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP); National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs (NASOP); National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (NCPSSM); National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care; National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA); SAGE; Social Security Works; Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC); Trust for America’s Health; Women’s Institute For A Secure Retirement.

A copy of the Older Americans Bill of Rights can be found here.

The House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families (formerly known as the Seniors Task Force) focuses on the priorities of our nation’s older Americans, their families and future generations looking ahead to retirement. The Task Force strives to reflect an inclusive focus on the needs of caregivers and how aging impacts an entire household.

The Task Force on Aging and Families is led by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (D-CA), Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) and Conor Lamb (D-PA). Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) serve as Vice Chairs. The Task Force is supported by the House Democratic Caucus under the leadership of Chairman Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).

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