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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

tainable, patient-centered long term and post-acute care system that allows Americans to have more control over their individual health care futures." The proposal in its totality, he said, would 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. Implementation of our proposed plan would help a more reliable long term and post-acute care financing system so Americans can rest assured their future post-acute and long term health care needs are secured without jeopardizing their retirement security.

David Kyllo, Executive Director of NCAL, stated, "The growing diversity of long term care settings is a welcome and necessary trend that better serves the needs and choices of aging Americans. It is incumbent on our elected leaders as well as our profession to help drive policy that ensures care quality is optimal across the full spectrum of care. In regard to both quality and financing, we must view the growing multiplicity of care settings as complementary to one another, not mutually exclusive. This plan reflects our desire to ensure Americans' retirement years should be something to look forward to, not to fear."

The three groups worked closely with Avalere Health, a leading advisory company providing strategic guidance, objective analytic research, and quality educational programs focused on the full range of healthcare issues facing our nation. Dan Mendelson, President of Avalere Health, described the details of the proposal during the event. His remarks underscored the imperative of addressing our nation's long term care financing challenge, described the current pressures facing consumers and emphasized the urgent need for long term and post-acute care reform.

The proposal -- which emphasizes better coordination of both care and financing, greater private sector involvement and appropriate personal respo
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