FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 2, 2013
Allyson Funk - AARP Media Relations
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AARP: Commission on Long-Term Care Has Important Charge
Today, AARP Executive Vice President, Nancy LeaMond, released the following statement in reaction to the Commission on Long-Term Care completing their third public hearing yesterday:
“AARP supports the federal Commission on Long-Term Care’s ongoing efforts to shape policy solutions for the nation’s long-term care crisis, which affects millions of people, including older Americans, persons with disabilities and their family caregivers. AARP believes the Commission’s work can and must be the beginning of an overdue national conversation on long-term services and supports – a conversation that is already happening around kitchen tables and in state houses across the country.
“The Commission has a little over a month to vote on recommendations and the three hearings to date highlight the importance of expanding consumer choice of quality care options, increasing access to home and community-based services that would allow more people to stay in their homes and communities, and bolstering support for family caregivers. As an AARP Public Policy Institute expert Lynn Feinberg reiterated at the second hearing, ‘Family caregivers are the cement holding America’s long-term services and supports infrastructure together.’ “
“Yesterday’s hearing – focused in part on Medicaid and Medicare – reiterated how important these programs are for those who rely on them. We must keep these programs strong as we continue to find solutions to the challenge of long-term care millions of Americans face every day and ways to help people age with dignity and control in their homes or a setting of their choice.
“AARP hopes the Commission will use the short time it has left to offer real guidance to Congress on addressing the many challenges surrounding long-term care. This is an opportunity to jump-start a national conversation that brings individuals, families, policymakers, businesses and other LTSS stakeholders together to pursue real change.”
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