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Coalition to Protect Senior Care Applauds Senate Finance Health Subcommittee Hearing on Long Term Care Improvement as Part of Broad Health Care Reform
Date:3/26/2009

JOPLIN, Mo., March 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Coalition to Protect Senior Care -- a national coalition of frontline clinicians and caregiver groups providing quality skilled nursing care -- commended the Senate Finance Health Subcommittee for raising visibility on the need to include long term care in any comprehensive health care reform plan through yesterday's Subcommittee hearing, "The Role of Long Term Care in Health Reform."

"Speaking on behalf of the caregivers who provide dedicated, round-the-clock care in our nation's skilled nursing facilities, we applaud the efforts of Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Hatch for recognizing the important role long term care plays in caring for the nation's elderly, and we look forward to working closely with Subcommittee members to enact health care reforms that address the growing long term care needs of Americans," said Lori Porter, co-founder of the National Association of Health Care Assistants and the Coalition to Protect Senior Care. "As America's senior population continues to grow and require a greater degree of complex care services, it is clear that any lasting approach to reforming healthcare must keep eldercare needs -- including adequate staffing and funding for specialized services -- in mind."

The hearing, led by Senate Finance Health Subcommittee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), included testimony from Judy Feder, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund; Raymond C. Scheppach, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Governors Association; Dennis G. Smith, Senior Research Fellow in Health Care Reform, The Heritage Foundation and Joshua M. Wiener, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, RTI International on the rationale for including long term care improvement in any broad-based health reform plan, and plans for the long term care profession to outline reform recommendations to Congress.

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