Congresswoman Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii) today helped launch a new initiative to reach out to America's seniors in an effort to address their most pressing concerns and needs. The Congresswoman is one of twenty-four Members of the newly created Seniors Task Force. These Congressional leaders will work to protect seniors' rights as well as raise awareness of policies that will improve the health and well-being of seniors across the country.
To accomplish this goal, the Task Force today introduced the Seniors' Bill of Rights -- legislation that expresses Democratic support for seniors' priorities, especially in the key areas of:
* Financial and economic security,
* Quality, affordable health care,
* Protection from scams and fraud, and
* Safe and livable communities
"The Seniors Task Force will build on the accomplishments of this Congress, including strengthening Medicare and expanding coverage for prescription drugs for seniors. I am especially interested in working on legislation to protect vulnerable seniors from fraud," said Congresswoman Hirono. "I remain committed to protecting Social Security and will be working in my Education and Labor Committee to further strengthen the Older Americans' Act, which provides support for Meals on Wheels and essential transportation services for seniors who can't drive or don't have cars."
Seniors make up close to 20% of Hawaii's population, a number that is projected to grow to 25% over the next decade. This latest effort builds upon the steps already taken by Congress to protect seniors' retirement savings and to put a halt to financial and credit card scams that overwhelmingly target seniors. It also protects and upholds the promises made to all of America's seniors to improve established programs such as Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, and to ensure their long-term solvency.