Capitol Correspondence - 07.09.18

ANCOR Participates in Coalition Letter Commenting on House Medicare LTSS Proposal

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As part of its work with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), ANCOR has signed onto a letter commenting on U.S. Representative Frank Pallone’s (D-NJ) draft legislative proposal, the Medicare Long Term Care Services and Supports Act. While stating the need for more details on how benefits proposed in the bill would interact with Medicaid programs, as well as on eligibility requirements and program assessments, the letter expressed gratitude for Representative Pallone’s interest in long-term care and services and supports (LTSS).

The letter states:

“The problem is clear: while our nation is aging and people are living longer with disabilities and chronic conditions, we lack a coherent plan on how to provide for their care and supports. Our current financing system relies almost entirely on Medicaid and unpaid family caregivers, both of which disincentivize family financial planning; hinder the economic opportunities of women, people of color, and people with disabilities; and often force people and families into financial devastation to get the services they need. We are delighted that you have recognized this important issue and The Medicare Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act provides the framework for one of the many important steps to address the long-term care crisis that faces the Nation.”