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Seniors

We have a responsibility to ensure our seniors can live their golden years with dignity, good health, safety, and economic security.

The effects of COVID-19 have been felt in every community, regardless of race, religion, or political party –– but across the board our seniors have been some of the most vulnerable. Not only has this pandemic threatened their health and safety, but it has also affected their access to meal programs and mental health due to increased social isolation. That’s why I’ve made it one of my top priorities to support our senior communities, even well before this crisis, but especially now.

  Funding critical senior programs. I am proud to have co-led the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, which passed the House unanimously –– with both Democrats and Republicans –– and funds critical senior programs, like Meals on Wheels. It also included my amendment to empower local organizations to develop solutions to combat social isolation and incorporate mental health screenings into senior care, which is one of my top priorities.

  Protect our seniors in crisis. When Coronavirus became a threat to Pennsylvania’s aging population, my bill to ensure that senior meal programs were better-funded and would continue to be delivered was signed into law as part of the CARES Act. I also passed a bill to make it easier for Medicare recipients to get in-home health care.

  Fully fund Social Security and Medicare. Every step of the way, I will continue working to protect Social Security and prevent dangerous cuts to Medicare. These are crucial programs that ensure a good quality of life for older Pennsylvanians, and they must be fully funded.

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