The Special Committee is responsible for bringing attention to key issues relating to older adults. Although it has no legislative authority, the Special Committee on Aging studies issues, conducts oversight and investigates fraud and waste.
Kathy Greenlee, the Assistant Secretary for the Administration on Aging, spoke about the milestone legislation and judicial action that affects the aging community since the inception of the Special Committee in 1961, including:
- Creation of Medicare and Medicaid (1965)
- Federal Nursing Home Reform Act (1987)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)
- The Olmstead Decision (1999)
- Affordable Care Act (2010)
There has been a significant difference in the lives of older adults over the last half century, and the next 50 years is sure to be transformative as well.
Outreach and Field Coordinator
Elder Economic Security Initiative