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Nearly every state is struggling with significant fiscal
pressures or even a budget shortfall in the face of reduced tax revenue and
higher costs. Medicaid is often the
largest human services expense in a state budget and long-term care is usually
the largest component of Medicaid spending.
Thus, long-term care spending cuts are in play across the country as
state governments struggle to adjust to our new economic reality.
While Medicaid spending cuts may keep the proverbial ship afloat
temporarily, how should states prepare for the future?
The latest effort in Colorado may point the way.
The Colorado legislature is now considering a resolution encouraging
private financing of long-term care to help ensure the viability of Colorado’s
safety net for the truly needy.
resolution titled “House Joint Resolution
02-1003: Concerning the Importance
of Long-Term Care Insurance, and, in Connection Therewith, Encouraging Citizens
to Purchase Private Long-Term Care Insurance Policies” has already passed the
Colorado House and is now before the Colorado Senate for consideration.
(The House version, which passed on January 16, 2002 is online in
.pdf format at http://www.leg.state.co.us/2002a/inetcbill.nsf/fsbillcont/ECC03455A8FF58F487256AC00047F46D?Open&file=HJR1003_eng.pdf).
excerpt from the resolution follows:
“WHEREAS, The government provides a safety net for the
impoverished, but it cannot afford to pay for long-term care for everyone who
will need it; and
“WHEREAS, Failing to protect household assets by
planning for long-term care with private insurance can have dire consequences
that result in the loss of those assets; and
“WHEREAS, It is imperative that people begin now to
plan for their long-term care needs; and
“WHEREAS, Private long-term care insurance can help pay
for most of the cost of long-term care, as well as provide protection against
“WHEREAS, Increasing the number of private options for
long-term care is not only important, but essential for the well-being of
Coloradans; now, therefore,
It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the Sixty-third General Assembly
of the State of Colorado, the Senate concurring herein:
“That the General Assembly strongly encourages all
Coloradans to investigate the costs of long-term care and the benefits of having
private long-term care insurance; and
“That the General Assembly urges Coloradans to actively
pursue the purchase of appropriate long-term care insurance since the government
can provide assistance for long-term care to only the most destitute, and not to
all those who will need it; and
“That the General Assembly urges the private sector to
increase the number of options for privately funded long-term care in