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NHCOA Applauds Confirmation of New U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services

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- released the following statement shortly after the U.S. Senate confirmed Sylvia Mathews Burwell, current Director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, as the new Secretary of Health and Human Services in a 78-17 vote:

“We applaud Sylvia Mathews Burwell’s Senate confirmation today as the new U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. While the challenges and the pressures of this role are great, we are confident she will make positive in-roads through bipartisan consensus. We look forward to working with her and the HHS staff to continue addressing the health issues most impacting our community, particularly Hispanic older adults.”

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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.

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NHCOA Statement on Tom Perez Confirmation

Yesterday, the United States Senate confirmed Tom Perez as the Secretary of Labor.  The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) – the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and caregivers – praises the Senate’s confirmation of Sec. Perez, as he has shown a strong commitment to civil rights throughout his career.  As Secretary of Labor, Mr. Perez can help improve the economic security of millions of people across the country.

NHCOA looks forward to working with Sec. Perez to address the economic security of Hispanic older adults.  The population of seniors is growing rapidly and many are choosing to stay in the labor force.  The U.S. will have to develop policies that help older adults develop their skills and capitalize on their decades of experience.  NHCOA and the Hispanic Aging Network develop the skills of older adults to help them share the best of themselves.  NHCOA is hopeful that Sec. Perez will lead the Department of Labor to recognize the value of older workers.

“The National Hispanic Council on Aging is thrilled to hear the news of Tom Perez’s confirmation as Secretary of Labor.  As the U.S. population ages, it is more important than ever to make workplaces inclusive of people of all ages.  NHCOA looks forward to working with Secretary Perez on this important issue,” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, NHCOA President & CEO.

NHCOA Applauds the Senate for Passing a Path to Citizenship

Washington, D.C.– The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) – the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers – commends the Senate for passing legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration system. With a successful 68-32 vote, the bill is headed to its next phase, and NHCOA is pleased that the bill includes a path to citizenship, which will help millions of people. The overhaul of the immigration system is the first of its kind in the U.S. since 1986.

As the debate continues to move through Congress, this landmark advancement by the Senate speaks to all immigrants waiting for citizenship. A path to citizenship will increase economic growth, reduce the deficit, promotes prosperity, and has the potential to create jobs. It has these positive effects because it allows millions of new citizens to share the best of themselves with the U.S. while they work to reach the American Dream. The entire Senate immigration bill is not perfect, but the path to citizenship is a tremendous first step.

“On behalf of NHCOA, I would like to thank the Senate for passing a path to citizenship. Although there still needs to be approval by the House of Representatives and President Obama, NHCOA is hopeful that a fair decision will be made, one that promotes prosperity for older adults, their families and communities,” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of NHCOA. 

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