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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Seniors

There was a time not too long ago when American seniors were too often forced to go without food, medicine, and quality healthcare. But thanks to transformative programs like Social Security and Medicare, most seniors in this country are provided the opportunity to live with the stability and peace of mind they have earned and deserve. Still, we must continue to fight against efforts to undermine the federal programs that provide this critical safety net.
 
In 2016, I was proud to support the reauthorization of the bipartisan Older Americans Act, which for decades has been vital to America’s seniors, helping to fund critical services that keep older Americans healthy and independent like meal assistance, job training, senior centers, caregiver support, transportation, health promotion, and benefits enrollment programs. Each year, I host the Fifth District Senior Fair that brings together government and community organizations that offer resources and programs to seniors in my district. I have made the fight to improve Medicare and Social Security a top priority so we can ensure their financial viability for generations to come. As a cosponsor of both the Social Security Fairness Act and the Medicare Access to Rehabilitation Services Act, I am always working to better the lives of our seniors. I was proud to author the Transit Accessibility Innovation Act, which provides increased funding to make public transit more accessible and user-friendly to seniors. I’ve also used my position as a Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus to create the LGBT Aging Issues Task Force that advocates for legislative and administrative action to protect the dignity and security of elderly LGBT people. And as a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I’ve been proud to support funding to improve seniors’ housing, nutrition, employment and elder abuse prevention. 
 
We owe it to America’s seniors, and future generations, to ensure the solvency of our entitlement programs. We all must work to allow seniors the opportunity to live out their retirement with dignity and I’m committed to continuing that fight in Congress. 
 

Rep. Mike Quigley announced the formation of the LGBT Aging Issues Task Force to protect the dignity and security of elderly LGBT citizens.

Rep. Mike Quigley hosts an annual Fifth District Senior Fair, which provides seniors with resources and programs specially catered to their needs.

Rep. Mike Quigley fought to include funding in the FY2016 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) appropriations bill to make Chicago transit systems more accessible to senior citizens and those with disabilities.

 

 

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Oct 22, 2009 Press Release
The bills are complicated. Finding them shouldn't be.
Aug 24, 2009 E-Newsletters
As you are no doubt aware, the health care debate has reached a fever-pitch across the country. Ive been hearing from a lot of you who share my concerns and commitment to taking action now, and I appreciate you communicating your thoughts with me.Please take our health care survey by clicking here.There have been several unproductive attempts to blur this conversation on TV and online, but I want you to know that Im listening to you. Thats my job. No matter what your opinion on how to fix the status quo, the facts of the underlying problem remain the same:There are over 45 million Americans without health insurance. There are 25 million more who are underinsured. In our 5th district alone, 139,000 people dont have health insurance. Thats 21% of our neighbors.Health costs are skyrocketing at a rate 3-times faster than wages, and theres no end in sight. We need to take action, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to achieve a final bill that reflects the needs of the people of Illinois 5th District.Im working toward health care reform that:Provides a high-quality, low-cost public insurance optionAllows you to keep your coverage and doctor if you like themIncludes significant, long-term cost-cutting mechanismsEliminates co-pays for preventative careCloses the Medicare drug doughnut hole to make prescriptions affordable for seniors.Invests in primary care physicians and preventative care proven to lower costsProtects a womans right to be able to afford to choosePuts the focus where it belongs on quality of care, not quantity of careHolds the insurance companies accountable and ensures they no longer:oDiscriminate for pre-existing conditions or genderoDrop your coverage because you get sick or become pregnantoCap yearly or lifetime coverageoCharge excessive out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles, or co-paysoGet between decisions made between you and your doctoroIncentivize their employees to reject claimsoDoes not tax employer-provided benefitsoContains provisions that are sensitive to small businesses, helping them to provide coverage to their workers.What do you think? As your representative in Congress, I want to hear your thoughts on important issues like this.Please share with me your opinions on healthcare by clicking here and taking a short survey.Also, please don't forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to continue to receive updates like this one, and please contact my office with any questions or for assistance.We're here to serve and represent you, and I look forward to staying in touch.
Aug 20, 2009 Press Release
There are over 45 million Americans without health insurance. There are 25 million more who are underinsured. In our 5th District alone, 139,000 people don't have health insurance.
Jul 24, 2009 Press Release
CHICAGO - This morning, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) spoke out strongly against an amendment that would disqualify Planned Parenthood from receiving critical funding to provide primary care health services such as breast exams, family planning, and screening for high blood pressure, cancer, STDs, and HIV.
Apr 21, 2009 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL) released a list of his appropriations requests for Fiscal Year 2010.

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