White House officials host an annual Conference on Aging today.
And this year’s summit includes one Michigan lawmaker who has a personal stake in the debate over long-term health care.
The White House holds the Conference on Aging once every decade as a forum to discuss issues facing seniors ranging from guarding their finances to finding housing and health care.
It’s a set of issues Dearborn Democrat Debbie Dingell said would be her priority after she was elected to the U.S. House in November.
That’s in large part because she knows first-hand the difficulty of navigating the current health care system dealing with the elderly.
Her husband, 89-year old John Dingell, the longest-serving member in the history of Congress, had serious health problems last year.
Debbie Dingell says the health care system and regulations regarding it badly need reform soon, noting that experts predict the number of elderly people in the U.S. will double over the next 40 years.
Both Dingells are attending the White House conference.