The Senate Special Committee on Aging convened a hearing yesterday to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and its effect on seniors. In particular, the hearing focused on the prevalent racial health disparities that are affecting seniors in minority communities. Witnesses representing multiple health institutions spoke about the social determinants of health and the steps needed to address racial health disparities. Many members of the Special Committee focused their remarks and questioning on the need for better data and the improvement and expansion of telehealth services in order to better address the problems these communities are facing.
A comprehensive summary of the hearing is attached.