NAHC and Other Senior Groups Hold Forum at the Capitol
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.
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.