Arlington, VA – The National Council on Aging (NCOA), the nation’s first organization formed to represent older Americans and those who serve them, applauds the selection of Rep. Pat Tiberi as the new Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health. The following is a statement from Howard Bedlin, NCOA Vice President for Public Policy and Advocacy:
“NCOA had the pleasure of working closely with Rep. Tiberi and his staff on senior issues in 2006 when, as Chairman of the Select Education Subcommittee, he led the effort to write and pass the Older Americans Reauthorization Act of 2006. H.R. 6197, signed into law by President George W. Bush on October 17, 2006, passed the House and Senate without dissent and provided a solid foundation for strengthening the health, independence and continuing contributions of our nation’s seniors. The bill included important provisions that have benefited older Americans, including:
- Strengthening services that help individuals stay in their own home rather than move to institutional care;
- Improving assistance for vulnerable, low-income older Americans, through the creation of the National Center on Benefits Outreach and Enrollment;
- Strengthening evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention programs; and
- Providing new opportunities for civic engagement and enabling seniors to make important contributions to their communities.
“Congressman Tiberi provided great leadership on an open, collaborative, bipartisan process that resulted in broad support and consensus on a law that significantly improved the quality of the lives of older Americans. The effort was a model for how senior groups and Congress can work together to modernize and strengthen programs, and we look forward to working with him on the challenges older adults face today, including our work to improve Medicare.”
The National Council on Aging (NCOA) is a respected national leader and trusted partner to help people aged 60+ meet the challenges of aging. Our mission is to improve the lives of millions of older adults, especially those who are struggling. Through innovative community programs and services, online help, and advocacy, NCOA is partnering with nonprofit organizations, government, and business to improve the health and economic security of 10 million older adults by 2020. Learn more at ncoa.org and @NCOAging.