Tight Timeline Forces LTC Commission To Narrow Its Ambitions, Member Says
McKnight's Staff; http://www.mcknights.com; 6/18/13

With its report due at the end of September, the Congressional Long-Term Care Commission is setting its sights of what might be accomplished in the “extraordinarily short time-frame,” in line with member Judith Stein, executive director in the Center for Medicare Advocacy.

The commission continues to examine a part in the deadline, but members are already informed who's currently stands, Stein told McKnight's. The January fiscal cliff legislation that repealed the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act also came up with Long-Term Care Commission, convening it for any duration of a few months pursuing the appointment of the company's 15 members.

“Given that there only agreed to be a complete commission 2-3 weeks ago, I was hoping natural meats be capable of start the timeframe then,” Stein said, making reference to the recent replacing of member Bruce Greenstein, former Louisiana Secretary of Health and Hospitals.

Greenstein, who had been appointed towards the commission by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), faces federal and state investigations in connection with potential perjury charges. He was replaced by Christopher Jacobs, senior policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation.

A lawyer and long-time advocate for Medicare beneficiaries, Stein identified many priorities she brings for the commission: pushing for strong social insurance in addition to private models to invest in long- term care; making certain that individuals don't must impoverish themselves to get coverage; and making certain you will find “very clear and fair consumer protections” around any private-pay systems. However, she said, drawing care about pressing long-term care issues, installation of some statements of principle and helping clarify possible directions might be everything is realistic for that commission now.

“We're working with the art from the possible,” she said.

The commission recently named SCAN Foundation President Bruce A. Chernof as chair and place its first meeting for June 27. But members remain setting up a strategy and hashing out their schedules, Stein said. The timing adds for the commission's challenges, she observed, noting summer means more scheduling issues.

Commission vice-chair Mark Warshawsky, director of retirement research at consulting firm Towers Watson, has expressed similar concerns regarding the timeframe. The commission needs 1 . 5 years to formulate recommendations to Congress how long-term care is financed and delivered, Warshawsky told bavarian motor works commercial in the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., recently.




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