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NHCOA Applauds Senator Ron Wyden’s Appointment as Senate Finance Committee Chairman

Senator Wyden is a Longstanding Advocate for Older Americans

 Washington, DC— Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA)— the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers— today congratulated Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) on his new leadership role as Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee:

“Senator Wyden, who began his career as an advocate for Oregon’s seniors, is a longstanding and passionate advocate for older Americans and aging issues in the U.S. Senate,” expressed Dr. Cruz.

“Throughout his tenure in Congress, Senator Wyden has consistently and tenaciously fought on behalf of older Americans to ensure they can age with dignity and in the best health possible. Most recently, Senator Wyden was successful in protecting the Medicare Advantage program during the health care reform debate. He also created and passed “Independence at Home”, the first home-based health program for older adults with chronic illnesses, which is now part of the Affordable Care Act.

“As Senator Wyden assumes the chairmanship of the Senate Finance Committee, we are confident he will continue to serve as a true consensus-builder. And, we look forward to his ongoing leadership on the issues most impacting our most vulnerable populations, including older Americans,” concluded Dr. Cruz.