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Answering Bush SOTU Retirement Reform Challenge, Long Term Care Profession Urges Congress to Enact Bold Reform of Long Term and Post Acute Care Delivery Systems
Date:1/29/2008

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Answering President Bush's State of the Union challenge to Congress urging bipartisan enactment of bold solutions to reform the nation's retirement programs, the leaders of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) and Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, urged Congress to break partisan gridlock on this front by taking up long term and post-acute care reform in the months ahead, with a specific policy focus on more private sector involvement, increased personal responsibility and a robust consumer education effort.

"The challenge issued by President Bush in his State of the Union address urging Congress to develop new ideas and proposals to reform America's faltering retirement structure should be taken up on Capitol Hill and by the 2008 presidential candidates, and we will continue to offer specific, constructive proposals to further debate and to affect new laws," stated Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of AHCA/NCAL.

Alan G. Rosenbloom, President of the Alliance, said, "Overall, the plan represents a new model for both financing and delivering long-term and post-acute care that is sustainable, patient-centered, and cost-effective. It would also help replace the current patchwork financing structure, increase the viability of private long term care financing, and streamline the post-acute care and long term care delivery systems."

The proposal, developed in conjunction with Avalere Health, a leading strategic health policy advisory organization, emphasizes improved coordination of both long term and post-acute care and financing, greater private sector involvement and more appropriate levels of personal responsibility. If enacted into law, the plan will afford consumers better, broader choices in terms of their health needs and services -- at every point in the retirement continuum. (For complete details of the proposal, go to '/>"/>

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