NAHC and Other Senior Groups Hold Forum at the Capitol
May 1, 2015 09:06 AM
The Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) held a forum on senior issues in the US Capitol this week. Members of Congress and their staff members were invited to speak to the members of the LCAO and take questions on the hottest legislative developments affecting seniors during this session of Congress.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) and Jeff Kincheloe, Vice President for Government Affairs, NAHC
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) has been a longtime member of the LCAO, which is a coalition of 72 nonprofit organizations concerned with the well-being of America’s older populations and committed to representing their interests in the policy-making arena.
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Ranking Member of the Senate Aging Committee, pledged her commitment to pursuing many of the goals of the LCAO, including a big increase in funding for Alzheimer’s research. Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), co-chair of the Congressional Seniors Task Force, called on everyone to celebrate the upcoming 50th Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid on July 30. She said the LCAO should continue to pursue the goal of achieving a long-term care program for all Americans. Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA) said advocates need to gird themselves for an upcoming fight to preserve Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Staff from the offices of Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), as well as Representative Jim McDermott (D-WA), also spoke. Many of the speakers affirmed their support for home and community-based care and end of life care.
Recognizing the strength of the coalition lies in the diversity of its membership, the LCAO seeks to foster communication and resource sharing among its member organizations. The LCAO also serves as a source of information about issues affecting older persons, initiates joint advocacy strategies as appropriate, and provides leadership as America meets the challenges and opportunities presented by its aging society. The LCAO has championed home care and hospice and allied with NAHC in its campaigns to oppose copays and payment cuts.