Navigation Links
NCOA, Bedlin Brief Leading Aging Organizations on Health Care Reform, Needed Long-Term Care Provisions
Date:11/30/2009

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a briefing of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) and the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) today, Howard Bedlin, Vice President of Public Policy and Advocacy for NCOA, called on Congress to ensure that health care reform legislation responds to the growing crisis in long-term care for older Americans and their families.

"Millions of seniors, after working hard all their lives, are being forced to bankrupt themselves before receiving help," said Bedlin. "Our most frail, vulnerable citizens are entering nursing homes prematurely because home and community options are not available. Overburdened caregivers are sacrificing their mental, physical, and economic health."

Supporting provisions to address these challenges is not only needed, but also good politics, he said. A poll done by the Lake Research Group for the SCAN Foundation in June 2009 found that eight in 10 people say they would be more likely to support a health reform proposal that includes improved coverage for home and community-based long-term care services.

At the briefing, Bedlin noted that despite the strong preference to stay at home, there is still a significant bias against these services in Medicaid as 73% of long-term care spending now goes toward nursing home and other institutional care. Medicaid dollars spent on home and community-based services (HCBS), he said, can support nearly three people in need for every person in a nursing home and will slow the rate of Medicaid spending on long-term care.

Provisions to address these concerns are included in the Senate health reform bill now being debated and are strongly supported by organizations representing seniors and people with disabilities. In addition to the CLASS and Community First Choice proposals, the Senate bill includes a provision to protect spouses of Medicaid HCBS recipients from becoming impoverished. Such protections currently apply to spouses of Medicaid nursing home residents, but not to HCBS recipients. Another important provision would reduce current barriers that make it difficult for states to provide HCBS under flexible state plan amendments.

"By providing new options for frail seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their homes and communities," said Bedlin, "the Senate bill takes an important step toward enabling millions of Americans to maintain their independence, dignity, and choice in the face of daunting health-related challenges."

About NCOA

The National Council on Aging is a nonprofit service and advocacy organization headquartered in Washington, DC. NCOA is a national voice for older Americans--especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged--and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together nonprofit organizations, businesses, and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently, and remain active in their communities. For more information, visit www.ncoa.org.

SOURCE National Council on the Aging, Inc.


'/>"/>
SOURCE National Council on the Aging, Inc.
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Drunk Drivers May Respond to Brief Motivational Interview
2. News brief: Long-term testicular cancer survivors at high risk for neurological side effects
3. News brief: Estrogen receptor-alpha, breast cancer patients and tamoxifen response
4. News brief: Arsenic biomethylation required for oxidative DNA damage
5. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery...In Brief
6. News brief: Adverse symptom reporting by patients vs. clinicians
7. Employer, Medicare Provisions of House Health Care Reform Detailed in New CCH Briefing
8. Frost & Sullivan to Hold Analyst Briefing on the European Neurophysiological Monitoring Market, the Golden Standard in Patient Safety
9. CCH Briefing Details Tax Provisions of House Health Care Bill
10. Plastic Surgery 2009 news briefs
11. News brief: Effects of aspirin and folic acid on inflammation markers for colorectal adenomas
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... Milford, NJ (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... weekend at scenic Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by ... and physical activity. The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the ... is the creation of published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, ... he spent thirty years in the Navy. Following his career as a naval ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, ... therapy products, announced today the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder ... pad so you get maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... HMP , a leader in healthcare ... Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare Website.’ Winners were announced during ... , The annual award competition recognizes editorial and design excellence across a range of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... of $3,296 in property taxes a year. In some states—like New York, New ... , By contrast, many overseas retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... PARK, Calif. , Oct. 11, 2017  BioPharmX ... national scientific team that developed an innovative way to ... quantity of the delivery of new drugs. ... 2017 Fall Clinical Dermatology Conference will show how researchers ... General Hospital, Harvard Medical School used a suite of ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... COUNTY, Calif. , Oct. 10, 2017  NDS received FDA ... Mobile  — a medical-grade battery-powered display stand specifically designed for endoscopy ... to transform technology into a clinical solution to support the improvement ... Innovative Design ... ZeroWire Mobile Wireless Solution ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Korea , Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based ... next-generation CPR training aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device ... compression during cardiac arrests with better efficiency compared to ... also offers real-time feedback on efficacy of the compression ... crowdfunding campaign has a goal to raise $5,000. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: