Senate lawmakers are seeking to strengthen and expand the long-term care ombudsman program and boost the eldercare workforce through a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act of 1965. The measure was unveiled Thursday by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and is co-sponsored by 14 Democratic senators.
In a Senate hearing commemorating the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Special Committee on Aging, committee chairman, Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) said funding for home and community based services should not be cut.
Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) took advantage of his position as chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging to hold a field hearing in his home state to drum up support for re-authorization of the Older Americans Act. But he might have received more than expected Tuesday, when a local agency leader used the hearing to blast nursing homes "not appropriate for people to live in."