Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing on Long Term Care

By Dana Halvorson

This Wednesday, December 18, the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, led by Chairman Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Ranking Member Susan Collins (R-ME), will hold a hearing at 2:15pm EST in Senate Dirksen Room 562 entitled, “The Future of Long-Term Care Policy: Continuing the Conversation.”  Witnesses include:
  • Bruce Chernof, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, The SCAN Foundation
  • Mark J. Warshawsky, Visiting Adjunct Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
  • Judy Feder, PhD, Professor, Georgetown University McCourt School of Public Policy and Fellow, Urban Institute
  • Anne Tumlinson, MMHS, Senior Vice President, Avalere Health
Last month, Chairman Nelson noted that “this year, the committee has examined the importance of advance care planning as well as why a majority of Americans have done little to no planning for future long-term care needs.  Next month [December], we will continue this series of hearings by looking at expert recommendations for reforming our long-term care system.” 

According to a recent email from the Senate Special Committee on Aging, the Senators will hear from a panel of experts, including three members of the U.S. Commission on Long-Term Care, on a number of ideas aimed at helping families and the government prepare for the increasing demand for long-term care services.  Among other things, they include expanding Medicare and making private long-term care coverage more affordable for those who need it.  AHCA/NCAL will be closely following this hearing.

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