Kaptur Champions Seniors, Retirement Security at National and Local Forums
Delivers Opening Remarks at White House Conference on Aging, Rally for Retirement Security
CLEVELAND, OH– Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) delivered opening remarks at the 2015 White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) Midwest Regional Forum and at Senior Voice!, a Rally on Retirement Security in Cleveland today. Both events featured discussion and testimonials on various issues affecting older Americans including retirement security, access to quality healthcare services, healthy aging, long-term care services and support, and protecting older Americans from financial exploitation, abuse, and neglect.
“Former U.S. Senator and Vice President Hubert Humphrey of Minnesota once advised that the moral test of government is how it cares for its people—from the dawn of life to its twilight,” said Rep. Kaptur. “During my years of service, I have been privileged to vote for strengthening the Social Security system for this and future generations, including Medicare and disability Insurance for all families. Cleveland is honored to be one of five host cities for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The discussions taking place here today will help move our region and our country in a positive direction on important issues, helping to ensure a safer and more secure retirement for generations to come.”
This year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Last year, 15.6% of Americans were covered under Medicare. As of December 2013, there were 1.75 million Ohioans age 65 or older, of which 89.7 percent received Social Security benefits. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Social Security lifts more than 620,000 of Ohio’s seniors out of poverty every year.
Rep. Kapturadded, “For 80 years, Social Security has protected millions of seniors from the danger of outliving their savings, once one of our nation’s greatest problems. There is so much we can achieve when we work together with this kind of visionary purpose.”