Showing Up For Our Seniors
This week, my colleagues and I on the Ways & Means Committee held a hearing on improving care for our seniors. Right now, Medicare does not pay for long-term services and supports in the way Americans expect. In order to qualify for long-term services and supports (LTSS) like nursing homes and home caregivers, patients must qualify as ‘low-income,’ meaning middle-class Americans deplete their savings in order to qualify. This is unacceptable.
We are lucky – Washington state has already passed a new program called the ‘Long Term Care Trust Act,’ which will give residents who contribute to the fund a lifetime benefit of over $36k for LTSS services. This will make a substantial difference in our seniors’ care and help close the care gap for middle-income Washingtonians. All Americans deserve the same opportunities, and I will be working with my colleagues in Congress to ensure that seniors nationwide have the same access to quality, affordable long-term care.
Seniors deserve to age with dignity throughout retirement but right now we are not giving them our best. With the expertise of the witnesses at this week’s hearing, we have gained more knowledge on how we can do better.
As always, I am here to help you. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my Bothell office at (425) 485-0085. For more updates on what I’m doing for WA01, you can follow me on social media at the links above.