Menendez, Boxer, Bingaman Meet With Hispanic Senior Citizens About Health Insurance Reform

Menendez, Boxer, Bingaman Meet With Hispanic Senior Citizens About Health Insurance Reform

Washington - Senators Robert Menéndez (D-NJ) Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) today met with groups who represent Hispanic older adults across the country to discuss how health insurance reform will benefit this segment of the population. They also dispelled myths on how health care reform would affect seniors:

Senator Menéndez said: "Latinos have a greater stake in health care reform than realized. They live up to five or six years longer, on average, than the rest of the U.S. population. They are also the least likely to have health insurance or access to quality healthcare. That must change. We need health care reform to provide everyone access to affordable health care. We especially need to make sure our health care system is equipped and ready to meet the needs of an aging population - by providing the care all seniors need, at the best cost, for as long as they need it."

Senator Boxer said: "Health insurance reform will benefit all our seniors - especially Hispanic senirors, who are fastest growing group of seniors in the country Working together, we will pass a bill that invests in preventive care, protects Medicare, improves the quality of care and seniors and lowers health care costs for all Americans."

Senator Bingaman said: "Clearly, the need for health insurance reform is urgent for the entire country. But this is particularly true for Hispanics, who are more likely to be uninsured. I hope that we can move swiftly to finalize health insurance reform legislation so that we can get it to President Obama before the end of the year."

Yanira Cruz, President and CEO, National Hispanic Council on Aging, said: "By 2050, there will be 2 billion older people in the world, which means it will be the first time in human history, older adults will outnumber the young. Therefore, as we prepare for this population shift, we need to tackle health care reform, one the biggest pieces of legislations in decades. Affordable and quality health care is critical for all Americans, especially Hispanic older adults. That is why NHCOA is committed to working with Congress to pass comprehensive health care reform which allows all older adults to age with dignity and enjoy a good quality of life."