Bullet: The National LTC
Consciousness Tour -- Resolution
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
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LTC Comment: While
I'm taking a couple weeks off from the rigors of daily publishing, we're
taking this opportunity to tell you all about the Center for Long-Term
Care Reform's 2008 "National Long-Term Care Consciousness
Today, and in three more special LTC Bullets
between now and September 13, we'll explain the "Tour" in
detail and invite you to participate locally either as "LTC
Gadflies" or as "Regional Representatives" of the Center
for Long-Term Care Reform. Damon's
still hard at work full time and he'll send these e-pistles to you.
Feel free to reply if you have questions or comments. He'll keep me in the loop.
Today's Bullet is in the form of a
"resolution" explaining why we think cooperative, grass-roots
action like the National LTC Consciousness Tour is necessary.
In the next three Bullets, we'll fill you in about when I will be
where and how we can work together toward improving LTC policy and
planning. And while we're
at it . . . let's protect a lot more families from LTC risk and cost!
LTC BULLET: THE
NATIONAL LTC CONSCIOUSNESS TOUR -- RESOLUTION
WHEREAS, the government continues to pay for most
long-term care; and
WHEREAS, public programs pay too little to ensure
LTC access and quality; and
WHEREAS, most Americans remain in denial about the
risks and cost of long-term care; and
WHEREAS, the long-term care insurance market
continues to languish; and
WHEREAS, reverse mortgages are rarely used to fund
LTC or LTCi premiums; and
WHEREAS, the media usually cover the long-term care
issue poorly if at all; and
WHEREAS, state and federal policy makers push
Medicaid expansion more aggressively than private LTC financing
WHEREAS, lawyers get rich impoverishing clients to
put them on Medicaid while LTCi producers struggle to make a living; and
WHEREAS, LTC providers subsist on low government
reimbursements but desperately need more market-rate private payers; and
WHEREAS, the Deficit Reduction Act remains widely
unimplemented, unenforced, unpublicized and unsold, and
WHEREAS, implementation of successful state
Long-Term Care Partnership Programs is a high, yet unrealized priority,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Center for
Long-Term Care Reform will take our message of personal responsibility
and rational long-term care policy, supplemented by our expertise and
technical assistance, to America's grass roots in 2008.
LTC Comment: Watch
for Thursday's LTC Bullet in which we will explain the itinerary,
schedule and content of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform's 2008
National LTC Consciousness Tour.
Next Tuesday, a week from today, we'll explain how
you personally can get involved, make a difference, and we sincerely
hope: do well by doing
Finally, our fourth Bullet on the National LTC Consciousness Tour, a week from Thursday, will pull it all together into a neat package in which we hope everyone will want to take part.