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AARP National Policy Council Member Nominated to Advisory Board for Long-Term Care Insurance Program


December 3, 2010


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AARP National Policy Council Member Nominated to Advisory Board for Long-Term Care Insurance Program

WASHINGTON—AARP this week nominated Neal Lane, a member of the Association’s National Policy Council, to serve on a group charged with advising the Department of Health and Human Services on a new voluntary insurance program for long-term services and supports that could help millions of Americans get needed care in their homes and communities as they age.

 The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) program will provide Americans with a new option to help pay for long-term care services, such as someone to help with eating, bathing or dressing; home modifications and accessible transportation.  AARP recommended Lane for the CLASS Independence Advisory Council, which will provide advice and recommendations to the HHS Secretary as the program is implemented.  Lane would bring more than 30 years of experience in working to improve the quality of life for older Americans to the position.

Lane, of Wynantskill, New York, is currently a partner and analyst at Optimum Partners Consulting.  In that capacity, he has assisted the state of Mississippi in creating a new health and social service continuum for older adults as part of the state’s ongoing work to recover from Hurricane Katrina.  He has previously served as the Director of the New York State Office on Aging and lead advisor to the Governor on public policy concerning older adults.

Lane serves as a member of AARP’s National Policy Council, a 25-member, all volunteer policy analysis and advisory body to the organization’s Board of Directors.  As a member of the Council’s Health and Long-Term Care Committee, he advises AARP’s Board on health care and long-term services and supports critical to the Association’s millions of members.

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AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan social welfare organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole.  AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.  We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world's largest-circulation magazine with over 35.1 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP's millions of members and Americans 50+; AARP VIVA, the only bilingual U.S. publication dedicated exclusively to the 50+ Hispanic community; and our website,  AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors.  We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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