SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – State Rep. Michelle Mussman, D-Schaumburg, recently joined forces with AARP to inform area seniors about Gov. Rauner’s new plan to slash care for tens of thousands of seniors while exposing even more to health and security risks.
“Politicians in Washington and Springfield are gutting funding for senior services, and I won’t stand for it,” Mussman said. “AARP approached me about conducting a joint town hall meeting to bring my neighbors up to speed about President Trump and Governor Rauner’s plans to defund programs that elderly residents depend on, from Meals on Wheels to in-home healthcare and assistance. While our leaders want to do away with the very resources that keep seniors safe and healthy, I am committed to providing them with the highest quality of care. The proposed cuts are just not right, and our seniors need to know what’s happening.”
Rauner’s Department on Aging wants to cut 40,000 seniors currently receiving homecare through the Community Care Program, and place them in a new and untested program called the Community Reinvestment Program (CRP). Senior advocates including AARP and the Illinois Association of Community Care Program Homecare Providers have expressed deep concerns that CRP lacks the standards and requirements that are critical to seniors’ health and security, while creating new layers of government bureaucracy.
Rep. Mussman’s full-time constituent service office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and can be reached at 847-923-9104. You can share your thoughts with Mussman at email@example.com or message her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/repmussman.
Mussman serves the 56th District, which includes portions of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, Elk Grove Village, Hanover Park, Roselle, Rolling Meadows, and Palatine.