August 12, 2022


WASHINGTON, DC  Following House passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, the House Democratic Task Force on Aging & Families leadership released the following statement:

“The House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families is proud to join AARP and countless other organizations representing seniors and caregivers in celebrating the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act. Seniors in this country pay more for their prescription drugs than anywhere else in the world. Today, House Democrats and President Biden acted decisively to lower drug costs by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and capping the skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs seniors are forced to pay for their life-saving medicine.


This legislation will also build on the success of the Affordable Care Act and lower health care premiums, making coverage more accessible and affordable for millions of people in the years to come. 

For decades, America’s seniors have been denied the sacred promise of a dignified, healthy and secure retirement after a lifetime of hard work and sacrifice. The House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging & Families exists to advocate for policy solutions that will right this wrong by lowering the cost of living for older Americans. Under the leadership of President Biden, we are celebrating the biggest legislative victory for seniors since the Task Force’s inception over a decade ago.


Today’s monumental achievement comes just days before the 87th anniversary of the creation of Social Security. While Democrats have just taken a huge step to make life easier for seniors relying on Social Security and Medicare, Republicans are planning to put these critical programs on the chopping block after five years. House Democrats will always put seniors, people with disabilities and caregivers over politics.”

The Task Force is led by Co-Chairs Reps. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Doris Matsui (CA-06) and Conor Lamb (PA-17) along with Vice Chairs Reps. Debbie Dingell (MI-12), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07) and Ted Deutch (FL-22).