Matsui, Task Force on Aging & Families Lead Effort to Provide Relief for Seniors, People with Disabilities During Coronavirus Pandemic

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WASHINGTON, D.C., March 19, 2020 | George Hatamiya (916-201-5412) | comments

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House Democratic Caucus’ Task Force on Aging and Families, Co-Chaired by Congresswoman Doris Matsui (CA-6), introduced the Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act to provide resources and support to protect the health and well-being of seniors, people with disabilities and the front-line workers and family caregivers who support these individuals.

“For the tens of millions of older Americans and people with disabilities at higher risk from this pandemic, we must do everything in our power to direct resources to ensure greater safety and support for seniors and the caregivers they rely on,” said Matsui. “This legislation will address some of the most pressing concerns around nursing homes and COVID-19 by promoting better infection control, providing reliable treatment funding for low-income seniors, and supporting home and community-based services.” 

More than 105 million Americans—or about 4 in 10 adults—are at heightened risk if infected with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), including older adults, people with disabilities and those with underlying health conditions. The front-line workers and family caregivers who support these individuals also face increased risks, requiring additional resources and supports to protect their health and well-being.

The Coronavirus Relief for Seniors and People with Disabilities Act addresses critical health and economic needs for older adults, people with disabilities, front-line workers, and family caregivers. Specifically the bill, increases funding for nursing home surveys to promote infection control, covers the cost of treatment for low-income seniors and boost the economy, and promotes home and community-based services and protects home health workers. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) introduced similar legislation in the Senate. A summary of the legislation is available here.

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