LTC Bullet: The Long-Term Care Dilemma

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Seattle--

LTC Comment: The Council for Affordable Health Insurance and the American Legislative Exchange Council have released a new report titled "The Long-Term Care Dilemma: What States Are Doing Right - and Wrong." More after the ***news.***

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SACRAMENTO GRAD SEMINAR (7 California CEUs):
Date: Friday, October 8, 2004
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Cost: $225 per person

COSTA MESA (LOS ANGELES) GRAD SEMINAR (7 California CEUs):
Date: Wednesday, October 13, 2004
Time: 8 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.
Location: University of Phoenix, South Coast Learning Center, 3150 Bristol Street, Room 312 Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Cost: $225 per person

Special sponsored luncheon speaker this class only: Ralph Leisle, founder and President of LTCi Decision Systems, Inc., will address the topic "Why LTCi in High Net Households and Executive Markets?" For more information about their LTC Economic Impact Planning software, visit: http://www.ltcia.com ."

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LTC E-Alert #4-042--Romeo on Greenspan (Author, trainer, producer and Center supporter Romeo Raabe opines on the fate of Social Security, Medicaid and LTC.)

LTC E-Alert #4-043--Aging Cons May Crowd Nursing Homes (Here's a new worry that makes choice of facility and ability to pay privately more important than ever.)

The LTC Reader #4-032--Busted Boomers (Former Commerce Secretary Pete Peterson's new book "Running on Empty" is a must read for senior advisers.)

The LTC Data Update #4-034--2027 Medicare Co-Insurance, Deductibles and Premiums (What'll Medicare be charging when the first boomers turn 85?)

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LTC BULLET: THE LONG-TERM CARE DILEMMA

LTC Comment: With parallel press releases, the American Legislative Exchange Council (www.alec.org) and the Council for Affordable Health Insurance (www.cahi.org) unveiled a new report on September 8 titled "The Long-Term Care Dilemma: What States Are Doing Right - and Wrong." This report, authored by Center President Steve Moses, recounts the results of a study conducted by the Center for Long-Term Care Financing with financial support from CAHI and ALEC. "The Long-Term Care Dilemma" is targeted especially to state legislators and the media. It is a shorter, somewhat differently organized version of the Center's publication, released on September 7, titled "The Realist's Guide to Medicaid and Long-Term Care." The two reports have substantially identical content, but each presents the material in a different style and structure. "The Realist's Guide" is somewhat longer and more detailed than "The LTC Dilemma."

Following is the content of their parallel press releases announcing publication of "The Long-Term Care Dilemma" amended to include contact information for spokesmen at both ALEC and CAHI.

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September 8, 2004

MEDICAID LONG TERM CARE: DEADLY FOR STATE BUDGETS

Report Addresses Problems and Provides New Solutions to Cure State Financial Woes

ALEXANDRIA, VA - The Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI), in partnership with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), today released a new report, "The Long-Term Care Dilemma, What States Are Doing Right and Wrong," by Steve Moses of the Center for Long Term Care Financing.

(Washington, DC) The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), in partnership with the Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI), today released a new report, "The Long-Term Care Dilemma, What States Are Doing Right and Wrong," (PDF/244KB) by Steve Moses of the Center for Long Term Care Financing.

The Medicaid long-term care system is already on the verge of collapse, a decade before the baby boomers begin retiring. The report looks at the long-term care financing system, highlights its dysfunctions, and provides key solutions. Included in the paper are profiles of 10 states-five of which could be considered "pro-Medicaid" and five "pro-private pay" states-by looking at six variables and ranking them accordingly.

"Medicaid is being exploited by wealthier people, diverting resources away from the truly needy. This new report is exactly what the doctor ordered for states wrestling with massive and ever-growing Medicaid long-term care costs," said CAHI Director Dr. Merrill Matthews. "It explains the problem in an upfront manner and offers real solutions, not denials or platitudes."

Solutions included in the report:

* Target scarce public resources to the genuinely needy.

* Close the most egregious Medicaid eligibility loopholes, such as those related to annuities, trusts, asset transfers, and life care contracts.

* Implement a strong estate recovery program to generate alternative nontax revenue and make Medicaid a loan, not a grant, for the middle class as intended by federal law.

* Educate the public that Medicaid is no longer an entitlement and that long-term care requires savings, investment, and planning.

"The costs associated with providing institutional long-term care under Medicaid are absolutely unsustainable as the baby boomers approach retirement," said Jim Frogue, Director of ALEC's Health and Human Services Task Force. "Reverse mortgages are the key missing part of the long-term care financing puzzle. Up until now, state leaders have not explored this path assertively. States must address this problem now, or Medicaid will consume their entire state budgets within a generation, endangering resources for such spending priorities as education, highways, and law enforcement."

To schedule an interview with CAHI Director Dr. Merrill Matthews, or to obtain a copy of "The Long-Term Care Dilemma, What States Are Doing Right and Wrong," contact Tom Gardner, director of Communications at (703) 836-6200 x386 or tgardner@cahi.org.

To schedule an interview with Jim Frogue about the report, or to obtain an electronic copy of "The Long-Term Care Dilemma, What States Are Doing Right and Wrong," contact Stella Harrison at (202) 742-8517 or email at sharrison@alec.org.

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