by Susie Robertson
When issues like Medicare and Medicaid come up in political conversations, people in my age group (20-30) tend to ignore them. After all, I’m young and healthy, so how do Medicare and Medicaid affect me anytime in the near future? The truth is that we will have to deal with these programs earlier in our lives that most people think. In the past few years, I have seen my grandparents age and I have watched my parents work to ensure they receive quality healthcare and assistance for all of their needs. What has become clear is that the management of those services often falls into the hand of their adult family members. These programs will affect me and my peers as early as our 30’s or 40’s. That is why it is important for our age group to pay attention to these issues and work to ensure that our country has a social safety net large enough and comprehensive enough to offer quality healthcare and assistance to our seniors and disabled at an affordable price. That is why we should all lend our support to projects like Caring Across Generations, which focus on making essential care available to all seniors and disabled.
The Caring Across Generations campaign seeks to improve the care of elderly and disabled by focusing not only on contributory programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security but also by reaching out to the direct-care work force itself. The direct-care work force, which includes Nursing Assistants, home health aides, and personal care aides, is rarely considered in discussions on healthcare reform and is exempt from many labor regulations, which is made possible by exploitive measures like the companionship exemption law. If we can improve the job quality and standard of living of direct-care workers while providing monetary support for individuals in need of caregivers, then we can create a better system of care for our elderly and disabled. Please take the time to visit the Caring Across Generations webpage to read more about the issues at hand and hear stories about what it is like to be elderly or disabled in America.
On behalf of the leadership team of the Caring Across Generations Campaign, I am excited to invite you all to an action on December 7th down in Lower Senate Park. Don't miss this important event, where our Everyday Superheros will speak out in front of thousands of people who will be spending the night camped out in the "Take Back Our Capital People's Encampment". Get more information and register here: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6748/p/salsa/event/common/public/?event_KEY=46005