LTC Bullet:  How to Keep Up with What You Need to Know

Tuesday, June 18, 2002


*** On May 7, 2002, we published an LTC Bullet titled "Nursing Home Care Virtually Free For Life."  You can read it at  That Bullet summarized and gave a partial transcript of a free, hour-long, marketing video produced by an aggressive Medicaid planner.  On this video, the Medicaid marketer promises long-term care "at minimal or no cost for anyone needing care."  He opines that LTC insurance "is not worth the paper it is written on."  Here's the contact information in case you would like to order a copy of this mass-marketed video and see for yourself:  the publisher is Zoran Basich, Founder of a company called Nursing Home Services.  For more information and to order a free copy of the videotape, go to ***

*** One of the most common inquiries we receive at the Center for Long-Term Care Financing is "What's the latest cost of nursing home care, assisted living and home care around the country?"  As you know, we publish summaries of such data, including links to the source documents frequently, especially in The Data Base feature of our Donor-Only Zone.  But here's a useful tip for everybody:  Visit the MetLife Mature Market Institute at,1674,P2745,00.html for their latest studies including the MetLife Market Survey on Nursing Home and Home Care Costs 2002 ( HC Survey 2002.pdf) and the MetLife Market Survey of Assisted Living Costs 2002 ( *** 


We've just posted a wealth of new information in the Center for Long-Term Care Financing's Donor-Only Zone.  Here's a list of the new content you can find there right now followed by information on how to qualify for The Zone:

LTC E-Alert #132--How Medicaid Can Put Patients First

LTC E-Alert #133--West Virginia Bashes Medicaid Estate Recovery

LTC E-Alert #134--Few Americans Forget Alzheimer's Research

LTC E-Alert #135--Estrogen for Hearing, Testosterone for the Brain

LTC E-Alert #136--Congress Treats Symptoms, Not Cause of Medicaid LTC Problem

LTC E-Alert #137--Improving Care of Older Adults

LTC E-Alert #138--Are Longevity and Morbidity Predictable?

LTC E-Alert #139--Nursing Home Sex Banned

LTC E-Alert #140--Once a Week is Enough for Senior Exercise

LTC E-Alert #141--What Causes Senior Suicides?

LTC E-Alert #142--Medicare Spends 6.3% of Budget Erroneously

LTC E-Alert #143--Will There Be Enough Seniors Housing?

LTC E-Alert #144--Fight Stroke, Suck a Lemon

LTC E-Alert #145--Governors Beg for Medicaid Relief

LTC E-Alert #146--LTCI Certification and Designation Programs Evaluated

LTC E-Alert #147--Who Will Give Care if We Have Too Few Nurses?

LTC E-Alert #148--New Hope for Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Osteoporosis

LTC E-Alert #149--Medicaid Planners Aren't the Only Attorneys Making a Killing on Long Term Care

LTC E-Alert #150--Assisted Living Fees Reported by Locality

LTC E-Alert #151--Medicaid is Becoming Un-Friendly to Annuities

LTC E-Alert #152--We May be Living Longer, But We're Dying Slower

LTC E-Alert #153--Nursing Home Length of Stay Data

LTC E-Alert #154--State News, Medicaid Struggles --  WV, TX, AR, CA

LTC E-Alert #155--More State News, Medicaid Struggles --  NV, PA, FL, IN

LTC E-Alert #156--More State News, Medicaid Struggles --  CO, MT, OK

LTC E-Alerts are daily items of news and analysis related to the full range of long-term care issues.  We post them, usually once a week, in the Center's "LTC Week in Review" feature in the Donor-Only Zone of the Center's website at  Archives of the LTC E-Alerts allow you easy, permanent access to all of them.

Our goal with LTC E-Alerts is to screen the voluminous electronic literature on long-term care and bring you the best of the best information.  We put critical data and analysis at your fingertips so you can focus on your principal work, whether that is making policy, passing laws, running an LTC facility, or selling LTC insurance.

Where else can you find a specialized, professional "clipping service" for only $100 per year?  But, hey, there's even more in the Center's Donor-Only Zone:

You'll find "The LTC Reader," a feature in which we summarize, excerpt and analyze important reports and articles from the academic and popular literature on long-term care.

You'll find "The LTC Data Base," in which we provide and analyze important data and statistics on all aspects of long-term care.

You'll find the prospectus and a progress report on our forthcoming book titled "The Unnecessary Tragedy of Long-Term Care" which the Center for Long-Term Care Financing is writing for the Cato Institute.

You'll find periodic special features that are only available to best friends of the Center for Long-Term Care Financing.

Give the Center five or ten minutes of your time every day, and we'll keep you up to speed on everything you need to know about long-term care service delivery and financing.

If you support our mission to ensure access to quality long-term care for all Americans and you want access to the LTC E-Alerts and the rest of the Donor-Only Zone, here's how:

Step 1:  Contribute $100 per person or more to the Center for Long-Term Care Financing.  (Special rates for companies and organizations are available.)  You can contribute online by credit card or directly from a bank account at  Or, simply mail your check to the Center for Long-Term Care Financing at 2212 Queen Anne Avenue North, #110, Seattle, WA  98109.  Contributions to the Center, a 5.01(c)(3) charitable nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, are tax-deductible.

Step 2:  Notify Amy Marohn by phone (425-377-9500) or email that you have contributed and that you want access to the Donor-Only Zone.  Give her your preferred user name and password (not to exceed 10 characters each).  She'll confirm your access usually within 48 hours.

That's all there is to it and you'll be one of the well-informed LTC literati.  You'll also be part of a great team dedicated to ensuring quality long-term care for all Americans.  Thanks for your support.