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Dingells Plan to Attend White House Conference on Long Term Care


(WDET-Undated) White House officials host an annual conference on aging Monday 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. As WDET reports, 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 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 and soon -- noting that experts predict the number of elderly people in the U.S. will double over the next 40 years. Both Dingells plan to attend the White House conference.