Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) today released the following statement on a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) laying out the nation's inability to meet the health care needs of seniors battling substance abuse and mental health issues. DeLauro requested the report and is a longtime champion for ensuring all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care. She is the senior Democrat on the Committee funding the Department of Health and Human Services, which is the focus of most of the IOM's recommendations.
"Quality, affordable health care is critically important and we must make sure all Americans have affordable access to the health care professionals and services they need. This report clearly found that our country's healthcare workforce is not ready to deal with the current senior population, let alone the baby boomers who will be joining that group before long. With nearly one in five older Americans suffering from known mental health or substance abuse needs, we must do better. The IOM lays out clear recommendations that we should take seriously and I look forward to working with my colleagues and the medical community to ensure that we are able to care for American seniors."