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Engaging 2008 Debate, Key Long Term Care Advocacy Groups Offer New Plan to Strengthen Nation's Long Term and Post-Acute Care Delivery System
Date:1/15/2008

Private Sector Investment, Patient-Centered Reform Cornerstone of Effort to Create Greater Access to Elder Care

WASHINGTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nation's leading long term care organizations gathered today at the National Press Club to warn consumers and policymakers about the severe long term care crisis and to challenge policy makers -- especially the presidential candidates -- to embrace restructuring long term and post-acute care as essential to effective health care reform. The centerpiece of the press briefing, hosted by the three advocacy organizations -- the American Health Care Association (AHCA), the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care (the Alliance) and the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) -- was the unveiling of a comprehensive plan designed to create a consumer oriented system bringing greater private resources into the system. The plan offers a cogent approach to a looming if little appreciated crisis, and seeks to stimulate important discussion at a crucial political and fiscal juncture.

"In releasing this comprehensive new plan to reform our long term and post-acute care systems in the interest of America's seniors, we are offering solutions that provide more comprehensive coverage, broader consumer options and responsible use of government resources," stated Bruce Yarwood, President and CEO of AHCA. "In addition, we also seek to generate far more debate in the 2008 election about how we can affect immediate health policy changes that can help improve seniors' care quality today and in the years ahead. The next President will be required to work with Congress to take bold, decisive action to ensure seniors will have ready access to quality long term and post-acute care, because the crisis is now upon us."

Alan Rosenbloom, President of the Alliance, said, "Overall, this incisive plan addresses concerns about the accessibility of care for seniors today and tomorrow. Our plan creates a sus
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