FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
September 13, 2013
Nancy Thompson or Allyson Funk
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AARP: Commission on Long-Term Care’s Recommendations Show Progress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, AARP Executive Vice President, Nancy LeaMond, released the following statement in reaction to the federal Commission on Long-Term Care’s vote yesterday on final recommendations, which will be included in the Commission’s final report later this month:
“AARP is encouraged by the federal Commission on Long-Term Care’s examination of serious, policy-focused bipartisan recommendations to address our country’s long-term services and supports crisis, which affects millions of people, including older Americans, persons of all ages with disabilities and their family caregivers everyday. While the recommendations are far from perfect, they show progress in seeking solutions to this crisis.
“Importantly, AARP is pleased with the Commission’s recognition of the value and importance of family caregivers – the backbone of America’s long-term care system – who provide an estimated $450 billion in care and immeasurable support every year. As the nation faces a looming shortage of caregivers, we believe the Commission’s recommendations would move us in the right direction toward a more person- and family-centered long-term services and supports system.
“We recognize that these recommendations were drafted by a commission of 15 people who had limited time and resources to address these complex issues. Regrettably, agreements on comprehensive long-term care financing could not be reached in the short time the Commission had to do its work, but AARP remains committed to seeking solutions to this critical issue. AARP at both the state and federal level also remains dedicated to rebalancing Medicaid services; we want to make sure that people have a choice in care setting and that home and community-based services are robust enough to meet the needs of older Americans and persons with disabilities wishing to remain in their homes.
“These recommendations are an important step, but only one step of a larger dialogue. AARP believes that the Commission's full report will illustrate the need for a continued conversation and action to address long-term care in our country. AARP urges Congress and the Administration to take a serious look at these recommendations as they explore ways to tackle the long-term services and supports crisis. Including the needed perspective of older adults, persons with disabilities, families, state and national policymakers, businesses, LTSS workers, providers and other stakeholders will be critical.
“Every night, families are discussing these tough issues at their kitchen table. It’s time to bring that conversation into the spotlight and take action.”
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