In House Education and Labor Committee Forum, Underwood Addresses Impacts of Coronavirus Pandemic on Older Americans and Individuals with Disabilities

May 20, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON— This week, Congresswoman Lauren Underwood (IL-14), joined members of the Committee on Education and Labor to discuss the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on older Americans and individuals with disabilities. During the forum, Underwood addressed the heightened challenges that individuals with disabilities face with in-person voting during the November election. Additionally, Underwood advocated for caregivers who care for older Americans and individuals with disabilities.  


“The coronavirus pandemic has heightened the unique challenges that older Americans and individuals with disabilities face every day. As we continue to fight this virus, we must take targeted actions to ensure that vulnerable populations, and those who care for them, can access the resources and support they need and deserve,” said Underwood.  


Full video of Underwood’s remarks can be found here 


The Centers for Disease Control reports that individuals aged 65 years and older account for nearly 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths. Additionally, long-term care facilities that support millions of aging Americans and individuals with disabilities have experienced widespread infection outbreaks. Underwood voted for the Heroes Act, which provided robust federal resources to ensure voting access is not limited by the coronavirus pandemic—including targeted provisions to protect voting access for Americans with disabilities. The Heroes Act would provide funding, oversight, and accountability for nursing homes throughout Illinois and across the United States.