LTC Bullet:  The Great Debate on Medicaid and LTC 

Monday, August 8, 2005 

Washington, DC-- 

LTC Comment:  Steve Moses and Vincent Russo will debate "Medicaid and the Long-Term Care Crisis -- Who Should Pay?" on September 7, 2005 at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC.  Register for this free program or watch online. 


LTC Comment:  On September 7, 2005 at the Cato Institute in Washington, DC, Steve Moses, president of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform, will debate Vincent Russo,  a leading elder law attorney in New York and a former president of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.  

A description of this free event and an invitation follow below.  You can find the same information and invitation on Cato's website at 

Pre-registration is required and space is limited so sign up now.  And who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?  You'll get one if you attend this program. 

If you've ever wondered about the case to be made for or against Medicaid estate planning, this is your chance to hear arguments from both poles of that debate.  In the middle, moderating, will be Ceci Connolly (invited), National Health Policy Reporter for the Washington Post

If you can be there in person, marvelous.  Be sure to say hello.  If not, mark your calendars now to watch the debate online in RealVideo or to listen in RealAudio.  See the Cato hyperlink above for details on tuning in.  

Please circulate this LTC Bullet to your friends and colleagues, especially those in the Washington, DC area, and encourage them to register for this exciting event.  

Now, here's Cato's description of the program and your personal invitation to attend. 


Medicaid and the Long-Term Care Crisis -- Who Should Pay? 


Wednesday, September 7, 2005
12:00 PM (Luncheon to follow)

Featuring Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform, Inc. (; Vincent J. Russo, Certified Elder Law Attorney, Past President, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (; with comments by Michael F. Cannon, Director of Health Policy Studies, Cato Institute; and moderated by Ceci Connolly,* National Health Policy Reporter, Washington Post

The Cato Institute
1000 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Watch the Event Live in RealVideo
Listen to the Event in RealAudio (Audio Only)

Medicaid, the joint federal-state health care program created in 1965 for the poor, is imposing a growing burden on taxpayers.  It has grown larger than Medicare, the federal health care program for the elderly, and already accounts for a larger share of state expenditures than elementary and secondary education.  Part of that growth is due to many middle-income seniors using Medicaid to pay for nursing home expenses and other long-term care.  Those seniors own assets that could cover such expenses for a period of time, either directly or by purchasing long-term care insurance.  Should their assets be used to help Congress cut projected Medicaid expenditures?  Please join us for a debate that could profoundly affect the future of Medicaid and long-term care.  

* Invited 

Cato policy forums and luncheons are free of charge.  To register for this event, please fill out the form below [please go to for this form] and click submit or email, fax (202) 371-0841, or call (202) 789-5229 by 12:00 PM, Tuesday, September 6, 2005.  Please arrive early.  Seating is limited and not guaranteed.  News media inquiries only (no registrations), please call (202) 789-5200.  If you can't make it to the Cato Institute, watch this forum live online.  If you plan to watch this event online, there is no need to register. 

[To find and fill out the registration form mentioned above, go to .]