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LTC Bullet: Senator Grassley Talks Long-Term Care

Friday December 4, 1998


Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-IA), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, is the feature interview on the "Mr. LTC" web site at

Senator Grassley discusses the "critical role" of long-term care insurance in meeting our demographic challenges, the Heath Care Financing Administration's efforts to ensure quality care in nursing homes, the importance of family caregiving support, and future plans for dealing with
egregious Medicaid planning.

Commenting that the recent federal district court decision in New York State Bar Association
(NYSBA) v. Reno (97-CV-1768) (declaring unconstitutional the criminalization of assistance with Medicaid planning) "essentially puts us back to square one in dealing with this problem," Grassley declares that "the next Congress has no other choice than to again take on the matter. The Aging Committee has played an important role in national debates, and it is possible that the Committee will take up this issue."

Stay tuned to "LTC Bullets" for further developments on these and related issues.