As first reported by West View Nursing & Rehabilitation Center’s blog article posted on Nov. 20, Rhode Island Congressman David Cicilline is poised to begin his legislative push to reestablish the House Permanent Select Committee on Aging eliminated 26 years ago to reduce House operating costs. While operating, from October 1974 to October 1992, the House Permanet Select Committee on Aginghad been instrumental in conducting research and publishing a number of reports on elder abuse, leading to the passage of legislation that would improve nursing home care and abuse against residents.
Just days ago, Washington, DC-based Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO), a coalition of 70 member associations dedicated to preserving and strengthening the well-being of America’s population, joined Cicilline to lobby the new House Democratic Leadership by sending all representatives correspondence urging their support for bringing back the House Select Committee on Aging (HSCoA).
Calling on House Democrats to Endorse HSCoA
In December 10 correspondence, LCAO and forty-three of its member organizations, called it an “opportune time” to reestablish the HSCoA with the graying of America. “Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65. By 2030, nearly 75 million people in the U.S – or 20% of the country – will be age 65 or older,” says the correspondence.
“Historically the HSCoA served as a unique venue that allowed open, bipartisan debate from various ideological and philosophical perspectives to promote consensus that, in turn, permeated standing committees,” where legislative is considered and action taken.
Although LCAO acknowledged that while the newly established HSCoA would lack legislative authority it would support the work of the committees with jurisdiction. The correspondence noted that “The HSCoA could more fully explore the range of issues and innovations that cross jurisdictional lines, while holding field hearings, engaging communities, and promoting understanding and dialogue.”
New opportunities would be created for lawmakers sitting on the HSCoA to “highlight their efforts on senior issues to constituents, and strengthen their own expertise on aging issues for work on other committees,” said LCAO.
LCAO hopes that House Democratic Leadership will reestablish the HSCoA by including this authority in the upcoming adoption of Rules of the House of Representatives for the 116th Congress on January 3rd.
Supporting the Cause…
Here’s a listing of LCAO members that signed the correspondence to reestablish the HSCoA: AARP; Alzheimer’s Association; Alzheimer’s Foundation of America; Aging Life Care Association; Alliance for Retired Americans; AMDA; The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine; American Association of Service Coordinators; American Federation of Government Employees; American Geriatrics Society; American Poster Workers Union; American Society of Consultant Pharmacists: American Society on Aging; Association for Gerontology and Human Development in Black Colleges and Universities; B’nai B’rith International; Center for Medicare Advocacy; Community Catalyst; Elevating HOME; The Gerontological Society of America; International Association for Indigenous Aging; The Jewish Federation of North America; Justice in Aging; LeadingAge; Lutheran Services of America; Meals on Wheels America; Medicare Rights Center; National Protective Services Association; National Alliance for Caregiving; National Association for Home Care and Hospice; National Association of Area Agencies on Aging; National Association of Nutrition and Aging Services Programs (NANASP); National Association of Social Workers National Association of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs; National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care; National Council on Aging; National Senior Corps Association Pension Rights Center; PHI; Senior Service America, Inc. Social Security Works Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER).