Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–September 11, 2017. Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Congresswoman Doris Matsui, Co-Chairs of the Seniors Task Force, introduced H.R. 3713, the Geriatrics Workforce and Caregiver Enhancement Act. This bipartisan bill invests in geriatric training and caregiver programs to create a well-trained workforce to provide coordinated quality care for older adults. After introducing the legislation, Reps. Schakowsky and Matsui released the following statement:
“A serious shortage in the health care workforce is failing to meet the needs of older Americans. It is estimated that by 2030, 3.5 million trained health care workers will be needed just to maintain the current access level for older Americans. This means that unless we act now, seniors, especially those with multiple chronic conditions and cognitive impairments, may not receive the quality of care they need.
“The bipartisan legislation we introduced seeks to confront that challenge by investing in the creation of a robust workforce and focusing on engaging family caregivers. This bill also re-establishes the Geriatric Academic Careers Awards, which allows training programs to reach more underserved and rural communities. We must invest in the well-being of our nation’s seniors – and this bill will do just that.”