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NAHC Urges the House to Bring Back the Committee on Aging

Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2019 2:02 AM

NAHC has joined forces with like-minded groups in urging the House of Representatives to bring back the House Select Committee on Aging (HSCoA). 

“Every day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. By 2030, nearly 75 million people in the U.S.—or 20% of the country—will be age 65 or older. As America grows older, the need for services provided under programs like Social Security, SSI, Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act also increases. All Americans are aging, and we also face a variety of intergenerational concerns that merit attention, such as growing family caregiver burdens and a burgeoning retirement security crisis. Addressing these demands in a fiscally responsible, bipartisan manner is an increasing challenge that deserves greater attention, understanding, and public engagement.”

HSCoA would support and reinforce the work of committees with jurisdiction, even though it would have no legislative authority. The HSCoA could more fully explore a range of issues and innovations that cross jurisdictional lines, while holding field hearings, engaging communities, and promoting understanding and dialogue.

The HSCoA would also complement the strong bipartisan work of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, which has effectively promoted member understanding on a range of issues, including the concerns of grandparents raising grandchildren, fraud and abuse of seniors, the effects of opioids on older Americans and their families, and the costs associated with isolation and loneliness.

Source: NAHC Report

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