Sending Office: Honorable Janice D. Schakowsky
Deadline to Sign: Tuesday, March 26, 2019 COB
TO SIGN ON PLEASE FILL OUT
We invite you to join us in supporting adequate funding for geriatric workforce programs and family caregiver support programs. Every day 10,000 baby boomers turn 65, and the number of Americans over age 65 is expected to reach 73 million by 2030 and 98 million
by 2060. Today’s health care workforce is inadequate to meet the special needs of older Americans, many of whom have multiple chronic conditions and cognitive impairments. It is estimated that an additional 3.5 million trained health care workers will be
needed just to maintain the current level of access.
To address this looming workforce shortage, please join us in supporting funding for programs to increase the number of health care professionals dedicated to serving our growing senior population, to support family caregivers who play an essential role
caring for the health and wellbeing of their loved ones, and to promote evidence-based research supporting both health care workers and family caregivers.
Specifically, the attached letter to the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee requests at total of
$51 million in funding for geriatrics programs in Title VII and VIII of the Public Health Service Act in the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA);
$233 million in total funding for programs administered by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) Family Caregiver Support Programs;
$3 billion to support the research efforts of the National Institute on Aging; and
$20 million to support the provisions enacted in the BOLD Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act of 2018.
These programs are critical to ensuring that a skilled geriatric health care workforce and well-supported family caregivers are available to meet the complex needs of our growing aging population. Continued support for these programs is essential to ensuring
that seniors have access to the care and services that they need.
We urge you to sign the attached letter and invest in the programs necessary to promote the health and well-being of seniors. To sign, please fill out
this form by COB Tuesday, March 26. If you have any questions, please contact Osaremen Okolo in Rep. Schakowsky’s office (Osaremen.Okolo@mail.house.gov)
or Kristen Donheffner in Rep. Matsui’s office (Kristen.Donheffner@mail.house.gov).
JAN SCHAKOWSKY DORIS MATSUI
Member of Congress Member of Congress
Task Force on Aging and Families Task Force on Aging and Families
(formerly Seniors Task Force) (formerly Seniors Task Force)