Congressional Task Force on Aging & Families

Congressional Task Force on Aging & Families The House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families was created to listen and respond to the concerns of older Americans. There are many challenges confronting seniors in today’s economy, from the loss of pension income and retirement savings to high prescription drug costs to reduced access to safe and affordable housing.

The House Democratic Caucus and the Congressional Task Force on Seniors recognize these problems, and are working hard every day to solve them. As the party that established Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, we will protect and uphold the promises made to America’s seniors by improving these programs and by ensuring their long-term solvency.

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Schakowsky Leads Task Force Letter Urging Fixes to Stimulus Payment Process for Seniors
03/02/2021
Schakowsky Leads Task Force Letter Urging Fixes to Stimulus Payment Process for Seniors

Schakowsky Leads Task Force Letter Urging Fixes to Stimulus Payment Process for Seniors

WASHINGTON - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and a Co-chair of the House Democratic Task Force on Aging and Families, led a letter from the Task Force to IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig and Social Security Administration Commissioner Andrew Saul. The letter highlights the pr...

12/09/2020
Jan Schakowsky

Jan Schakowsky

I took to the House floor to say that we need direct cash assistance to Americans now. Stimulus checks are survival checks! They will save lives and keep families fed.

Following the passage of H.R. 8337, which includes provisions to prevent an up-to-$50 per month hike in Medicare Part B ...
09/25/2020
TASK FORCE ON AGING & FAMILIES APPLAUDS VICTORY FOR SENIORS IN CONTINUING RESOLUTION | House Democrats

Following the passage of H.R. 8337, which includes provisions to prevent an up-to-$50 per month hike in Medicare Part B premiums, the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families (TFAF) leadership released the following statement:

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08/14/2020
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard

Sin el #SeguroSocial, 2 de cada 5 estadounidenses mayores vivirían en la pobreza. Ahora que el Seguro Social cumple 85 años en medio de una pandemia y una crisis económica, debemos duplicar nuestro trabajo para proteger y extender esta línea vital crítica #ParaLaGente.

Lamentablemente, en lugar de desearle un feliz cumpleaños número 85 al Seguro Social, Donald Trump está conspirando para eliminarlo con su "reducción de impuestos sobre la nómina". Mejor, ¡deberíamos expandir el Seguro Social! #SocSec85

Jan Schakowsky
08/14/2020

Jan Schakowsky

85 years ago today, FDR signed the Social Security Act and created an economic lifeline for the over 63 million seniors, people with disabilities, and families who currently rely on the program to survive. But instead of wishing Social Security a happy 85th birthday, Donald J. Trump is plotting to defund the program and has promised to “terminate” it if he is reelected.

Many people don’t know that the average Social Security benefit is only about $15,000 a year. Yet 1 in 5 retirees rely solely on Social Security for income. Without Social Security, 2 in 5 older Americans would be living in poverty—including 9 million older adult women and 6.3 million older adult men. This is no time to pull the rug out from under them.

Remember that Social Security isn’t just for seniors and it IS NOT an entitlement—it’s life and disability insurance that American workers and their families pay for with every paycheck.

As Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Aging & Families, I am working with my fellow House Democrats to #ExpandSocialSecurity and ensure everyone can have a dignified, safe retirement. As we face the #COVID19 pandemic and the worst crisis since the Great Depression, there is no more critical time to build on FDR’s legacy. #SocSec85 #ForThePeople

Jan Schakowsky
08/14/2020

Jan Schakowsky

85 years ago today, FDR signed the Social Security Act and created an economic lifeline for the over 63 million seniors, people with disabilities, and families who currently rely on the program to survive. But instead of wishing Social Security a happy 85th birthday, Donald J. Trump is plotting to defund the program and has promised to “terminate” it if he is reelected.

Many people don’t know that the average Social Security benefit is only about $15,000 a year. Yet 1 in 5 retirees rely solely on Social Security for income. Without Social Security, 2 in 5 older Americans would be living in poverty—including 9 million older adult women and 6.3 million older adult men. This is no time to pull the rug out from under them.

Remember that Social Security isn’t just for seniors and it IS NOT an entitlement—it’s life and disability insurance that American workers and their families pay for with every paycheck.

As Co-Chair of the Congressional Task Force on Aging & Families, I am working with my fellow House Democrats to #ExpandSocialSecurity and ensure everyone can have a dignified, safe retirement. As we face the #COVID19 pandemic and the worst crisis since the Great Depression, there is no more critical time to build on FDR’s legacy. #SocSec85 #ForThePeople

07/30/2020
Jan Schakowsky

Jan Schakowsky

Today, as the Congressional Task Force on Aging and Families and all House Democrats celebrate the 55th anniversary of #Medicare and #Medicaid, many of my colleagues and I are in Atlanta to lay my dear friend and colleague Congressman John Lewis to rest.

‪Listen to his own words about why we must protect these programs—vital to the health of Older Americans, women, children, individuals with disabilities, and more—and preserve them for future generations.

07/24/2020

Affordable health care is a RIGHT.

That’s why we are working tirelessly to ensure every American regardless of age, gender or race receives the quality care they deserve.

Older Americans are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19, but there are ways to protect yourself and others. Wear a ma...
07/23/2020
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Older Americans are at a high risk of contracting COVID-19, but there are ways to protect yourself and others.

Wear a mask. Limit group gatherings. Stay home when possible.

Learn more ways to stay safe during this pandemic.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China.

07/22/2020

We are here to fight for EVERY American. 👴🏿🧒🏽👩🏼🧑

The Task Force is committed to protecting older Americans in need of affordable housing -- especially those experiencing eviction or foreclosure due to COVID-19 related circumstances.

Eating Disorders Coalition
07/22/2020

Eating Disorders Coalition

We are so excited to be hosting a webinar on July 28th on #eatingdisorders and #COVID-19 with American Psychological Association, International Federation of Eating Disorder Dietitians, HealthyWomen, Congressional Task Force on Aging & Families, Senator Maggie Hassan, and the Congressional Mental Health Caucus. Register to join us here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Z20OKBFgRYSYLiT-Y1wM8Q

Nursing homes are suffering significantly during this pandemic.The administration’s efforts to overturn the Affordable C...
07/21/2020
Trump plan to kill Affordable Care Act threatens coronavirus-ravaged nursing homes

Nursing homes are suffering significantly during this pandemic.

The administration’s efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act will only CONTINUE to hurt nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

The Affordable Care Act has been playing a critical role in how to protect nursing homes in the future from the devastating pandemic. That’s not all that the...

Ensuring that Americans have affordable health care will always remain one of our TOP priorities -- but our work is not ...
07/20/2020
House fires back at Trump by passing ObamaCare expansion

Ensuring that Americans have affordable health care will always remain one of our TOP priorities -- but our work is not done yet.

The House on Monday passed a bill to expand the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as Democrats seek to hammer President Trump and Republicans on health care heading into the November elections.

House Democrats passed the #MovingForward Act to build up our communities where we need it the most. This includes upgra...
07/19/2020

House Democrats passed the #MovingForward Act to build up our communities where we need it the most. This includes upgrading our hospitals to strengthen care for every American. 🏥

07/18/2020

Hardworking Americans should NEVER struggle financially to support themselves and their loved ones.

The Task Force on Aging and Families is committed to ensuring every person has the means to support themselves until retirement and beyond.

BREAKING: The Energy and Commerce Committee just passed a bill to make it clearer and easier to enroll in Medicare Part ...
07/17/2020
Pallone on Committee Passage of 17 Health Bills

BREAKING: The Energy and Commerce Committee just passed a bill to make it clearer and easier to enroll in Medicare Part B for #OlderAmericans and people with disabilities!

NOW is the time to address this confusing enrollment system #ForThePeople.

Pallone statement on Full Committee passage of 17 health bills.

Millions of Seniors Live In Households with School-Age Children
07/16/2020
Millions of Seniors Live In Households with School-Age Children

Millions of Seniors Live In Households with School-Age Children

About 3.3 million adults age 65 or older live in a household with school-age children, a factor that state and local officials may want to take into account when deciding when and how fully to re-o…

07/15/2020
Social Security Works

Social Security Works

A shocking 43% of deaths from COVID-19 are linked to nursing homes. It’s a perfect storm: close conditions, vulnerable residents, staff without sufficient PPE and for-profit companies putting profits over the lives of our loved ones.

Join the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, Social Security Works, Justice in Aging, Latinos for a Secure Retirement, SEIU, and special Congressional guests Senator Bob Casey, Representative Jan Schakowsky and Representative Sylvia Garcia for a conversation about the crisis in nursing homes, and what we can do about it. (via act.tv)

07/12/2020

The Task Force on Aging & Families is calling on the Trump administration to ensure long-term care facilities have sufficient testing kits to protect their residents and workers.

Our work is not done until every American has the health care resources that they need. #ProtectOlderAmericans

House Democrats are fighting to protect older Americans of color and their families, who are particularly susceptible to...
07/11/2020
Why People of Color Are Disproportionately Hit by COVID-19

House Democrats are fighting to protect older Americans of color and their families, who are particularly susceptible to the virus due to preexisting health disparities.

The time to act is NOW.

#ProtectOlderAmericans

Data show black and Hispanic populations face higher exposure to the coronavirus, plus bigger hurdles for medical treatment and level of care.

ALL Americans deserve QUALITY, AFFORDABLE care. We must: 💊 Lower drug prices⚕️ Lower premiums🏥 Expand coverage👵🏼Fight in...
07/09/2020

ALL Americans deserve QUALITY, AFFORDABLE care.

We must:

💊 Lower drug prices
⚕️ Lower premiums
🏥 Expand coverage
👵🏼Fight inequity in health care

That’s the reality we can unlock by making the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Enhancement Act the law of the land. #LowerCostsForCare

Jan Schakowsky
07/08/2020

Jan Schakowsky

Tonight at 6PM CT, join me and the Congressional Progressive Caucus Center, Social Security Works, Justice In Aging, SEIU, and act.tv for a discussion about the crisis in our nursing homes during this COVID-19 pandemic.

At least 54K nursing home residents & workers have died due to #COVID19 – more than 43% of the overall deaths in the US. Yet, Trump Administration officials continue to ignore the demands for answers and action from my colleagues and I.

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Protecting our seniors in long-term care facilities is one of our TOP priorities.The Task Force on Aging & Families is w...
07/08/2020
43% of U.S. Coronavirus Deaths Are Linked to Nursing Homes

Protecting our seniors in long-term care facilities is one of our TOP priorities.

The Task Force on Aging & Families is working to ensure that every American, regardless of age, receives the quality care that they deserve during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The virus has devastated residents and staff members in more than 12,000 long-term care facilities across the country.

07/07/2020

No American should have to worry about the safety of their families during this global pandemic.

Our task force is committed to ensuring that older Americans and their families have the resources that they need to protect themselves and their loved ones.

#ProtectOlderAmericans

07/06/2020
Task Force on Aging & Families Roundtable on Nursing Homes/COVID-19

The Task Force on Aging & Families held a discussion with multiple experts, family members and workers with firsthand experience in nursing homes.

We are committed to protecting the rights of seniors and caretakers, especially during this pandemic.

Watch our roundtable discussion here:

Join the House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families today at 12:00 p.m. EST for a roundtable discussion on protecting seniors and making our long...

06/23/2020
Jan Schakowsky

Jan Schakowsky

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma, who is responsible for the safety of our nursing home residents and workers, refused to testify before our Energy and Commerce Committee hearing today with Trump Administration officials on their #COVID19 response. So instead, I asked CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield about how he is fulfilling his agency’s mission to protect public health by addressing the crisis in our nation’s nursing homes. I am furious that the answers I received suggest this Administration is still only “encouraging” facilities on how to protect residents and workers instead of MANDATING. We’ve already lost over 50,000 long-term care residents and workers to this pandemic.

06/22/2020

Please Stand By for the roundtable. It will begin momentarily.

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CO-CHAIRS Rep. Jan Schakowsky - https://schakowsky.house.gov/ Rep. Doris Matsui - https://matsui.house.gov/ Rep. Conor Lamb - https://lamb.house.gov VICE CHAIRS Rep. Debbie Dingell - https://dingell.house.gov Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard - https://roybal-allard.house.gov Rep. Ayanna Pressley - https://pressley.house.gov Rep. Ted Deutch - https://deutch.house.gov

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There are many challenges confronting seniors in today’s economy, from the loss of pension income and retirement savings to high prescription drug costs to reduced access to safe and affordable housing. The House Democratic Caucus and the Congressional Task Force on Aging & Families recognize these problems, and are working hard every day to solve them. As the party that established Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, we will protect and uphold the promises made to America’s seniors by improving these programs and by ensuring their long-term solvency.

CO-CHAIRS Rep. Jan Schakowsky - https://schakowsky.house.gov/ Rep. Doris Matsui - https://matsui.house.gov/ Rep. Conor Lamb - https://lamb.house.gov VICE CHAIRS Rep. Debbie Dingell - https://dingell.house.gov Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard - https://roybal-allard.house.gov Rep. Ayanna Pressley - https://pressley.house.gov Rep. Ted Deutch - https://deutch.house.gov

The Task Force on Aging & Families was created to listen and respond to the concerns of older Americans. Over the years, the Task Force has worked to raise awareness and prioritize aging-related issues. Today, when we face serious assaults on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, the Task Force on Aging and Families is more important than ever. The goal of the Task Force will be to serve as a central body to champion the priorities of older Americans, such as health care, retirement security and housing in legislative, oversight, and investigative activities; and publicize Democratic legislative achievements for older Americans. By the end of this session, the Task Force will introduce a resolution known as the “Seniors Bill of Rights,” which will enshrine the basic rights that all older Americans are entitled to.

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