Upton, Dingell Introduce Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act
Washington, March 10, 2021 | Josh Paciorek (202-225-3761)
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Reps. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Debbie Dingell (D-MI) today introduced bipartisan legislation to extend financial protections to seniors who receive long-term care in their home or a community setting. In an effort to erase the institutional bias that has led seniors to choose more costly nursing homes over impoverishment, the bipartisan Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act permanently extends spousal impoverishment protections for Medicaid beneficiaries receiving long-term care in a home or community care setting.
“Our seniors are some of our most vulnerable citizens, and we need to ensure they and their families have the financial protections they deserve to have the quality of life they deserve,” said Upton. “Our bill has strong bipartisan support, and we cannot waste any time trying to move this through the Congress. Our seniors are counting on it.”
“A year after this pandemic locked our neighborhoods down, it is abundantly clear that COVID-19 exploited flaws in our broken long-term care system. Seniors, families, and caregivers have been desperate and stressed with nowhere to turn,” said Dingell. “Spousal impoverishment protections are critical in helping to families stay together in their homes and communities without going broke. That’s why we must make them permanent.”
Specifically, the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act includes: