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National Advisory Board Issues 'Declaration for Independence': A Call-to-Action in Healthcare for Seniors and People with Disabilities
Date:5/5/2009

National Advisory Board Will Host 'Day of Dialogue' Online Town Hall Meeting on May 21

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., May 5, 2009 /PRNewswire/ -- America's healthcare and long-term services need to undergo a radical, modern transformation to better meet the needs of today's seniors and people with disabilities, according to a report released today by a 15-member private, national advisory board. The report, which will be supported by a nationwide "Day of Dialogue" on Thursday, May 21, calls for changes in public policies that both recognize and foster individual preferences for independent living through better integrated community-based services.

The report, entitled "Declaration for Independence: A Call to Transform Health and Long-Term Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities," seeks to compel consumers, legislative officials, community-based organizations and healthcare providers to engage in efforts to modernize the healthcare infrastructure.

The Day of Dialogue - a virtual town hall meeting - will be held on Thursday, May 21, at 2:00 p.m. EDT. The public is invited to participate in the dialogue. Full details and registration are available at www.declarationforindependence.org or www.mydfi.org.

"Within the discussions to reform our Nation's healthcare, we hope to serve as a catalyst for an open dialogue on how to address the long-term services and support needs of seniors and people with disabilities. More than talk, we want to offer solutions that work for everyone involved," said Lex Frieden, Convener of the National Advisory Board (NAB) on Improving Health Care Services for Seniors and People with Disabilities that released the report. Mr. Frieden was an instrumental contributor to the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
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