Bullet: The National LTC
Consciousness Tour -- How to Participate
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
LTC Comment: How
can you participate in the Center for Long-Term Care Reform's 2008
National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour?
The National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour is a
nationwide effort to raise awareness of the public, the media and public
policy makers about the importance of LTC planning.
And while we're at it, we intend to get many more individuals and
families prepared to pay privately for high-quality long-term care at
the most appropriate level if and when they need it.
Our two most recent LTC Bullets described the
National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour in more detail. Read them in the Center's "LTC Blog" at www.centerltc.com
or in the LTC Bullet archives at http://www.centerltc.com/bullets/latest/712.htm
We invite you to participate in the Center for
Long-Term Care Reform's National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour in
one or both of two ways. You
can be a "LTC Gadfly" or a "Regional Representative"
of the Center.
Wikipedia defines "Gadfly" as "a term for people who upset the status quo by
posing upsetting or novel questions, or attempt to stimulate innovation
by proving an irritant."
you think it's about time somebody upset the long-term care status quo
by asking some tough questions and speaking truth to power?
Join the Center for Long-Term Care Reform's "LTC
Gadfly" brigade. Here's
what we have in mind.
As an LTC Gadfly, you'll work in your area with
Steve Moses, the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and our Regional
Representatives to raise the LTC issue with politicians, policy makers,
the public and the media.
Together, we'll ask the tough POLICY questions.
Who should pay for long-term care?
How can Medicaid be a safety net for the poor AND the main LTC
payor for nearly everyone? Where will the money come from for public financing when
boomers retire and draw down Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid?
We'll ask the tough PERSONAL questions.
Who will pay for YOUR long-term care?
Are you insured for that risk?
Have your parents or grandparents used Medicaid for LTC?
Did you or they consult a Medicaid planner?
Did you pay Medicaid back out of the estate or take the windfall
Together, we'll publish op-ed articles.
We'll meet with newspaper editorial boards.
We'll do talk radio. We'll
engage politicians and public officials.
We'll enlist LTC providers.
We'll educate financial planners and accountants.
We'll address Estate Planning Councils.
We'll coordinate with provider and insurer trade associations.
We'll work with reverse mortgage lenders.
We will do whatever it takes.
We'll rock the boat but we'll do it with HUMOR and
Is this something you might like to do with us?
If so, let me know. Just
reply to this email or contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll put you on a list of LTC Gadflies who will periodically
receive special planning notices. (If
you responded when we first announced the LTC Gadfly Brigade last
January, you're already on the list.)
You'll be invited to participate in monthly "webinars"
when we get to the stage of planning regional strategies, probably in
You'll be invited to take our "LTC Graduate
Seminar" by webinar. It
will be an eight-week course, one hour per week, and a pre-requisite for
all "Regional Representatives" (on which, more immediately
below). Check out the LTC
Grad Seminar at http://www.centerltc.com/LTC_Grad_Seminar/online.htm.
To view a 30-minute "webinar" about the LTC Graduate
Seminar presented by Steve Moses, go to http://www.centerltc.com/WebinarAnnouncingLTCGradSem.wmv.
(Please wait patiently for the 2 or 3 minutes it takes to
download even on a high-speed connection.)
If you're still interested when it comes time for
the field work and you qualify as a LTC Gadfly, we'll work together on
planning, scheduling, and financing.
The only requirements to participate in the Center
for Long-Term Care Reform's National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour
as a LTC Gadfly are individual or corporate membership in the Center and
financial support of the Tour at any level of participation. (Tour financial participation levels are explained below.)
Regional representatives of the Center for
Long-Term Care Reform will take a similar, but much more active role in
the National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour.
They will help organize local LTC Gadflies and activities,
schedule and participate in meetings with centers of influence, interact
with media, legislators and policy makers, work closely with Steve Moses
during the two months of planning before and the two months of activity
in their regions. While there is an up-front investment, a time commitment and
several substantive requirements to be a Regional Representative of the
Center, our goal is that Regional Reps will net a positive cash flow
based on connecting with valuable centers of influence and attracting
Requirements for participation as a Regional
Representative of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform:
Five years or more financially successful experience in long-term
care planning, insurance, or home equity conversion
Communication and writing skills
Completion of the Long-Term Care Graduate Seminar
Center for Long-Term Care Reform membership
Financial support of the National Long-Term Care Consciousness
Tour at any level above the lowest
PAY TO PLAY
Our best guess for now is that the National
Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour will require 10,000 miles of ground
travel. To participate as a
LTC Gadfly or Regional Representative, we're asking for a pledge at one
of the following levels. This
list includes the pledge level, the cost, and what you can expect to get
(at a minimum) in return. If
the Tour goes more than 10,000 miles, and it probably will, all pledgers
will have the opportunity to renew or drop out.
All levels include participation in monthly planning Webinars
beginning in November 2007.
The following activities are only suggestions.
We'll work closely together to identify the most valuable
activities for you and your area.
PENNY A MILE:
$100: one hour local
consultation with Steve Moses, participation in planning Webinars,
opportunities to interact with new centers of influence
NICKEL A MILE:
$500, half day; consultation, group talk to public audience with
Steve or special meetings with centers of influence, however you want to
use the time; eligibility to serve as a Regional Representative of the
Center for Long-Term Care Reform if you also meet the other requirements
DIME A MILE: $1,000,
full day; above or an LTC Graduate Seminar with you organizing and
sharing proceeds, if any, with the Center
QUARTER A MILE:
$2,500, half week; above plus political or media meetings
FOUR BITS A MILE:
$5,000, full week; above plus publishable op-ed or article
BUCK A MILE: $10,000,
two weeks; above but more of it or for two or more different locations;
PAY IT FORWARD:
The Center is taking a financial risk to conduct the National
Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour.
Help us "pay it forward" by pledging your support and
participation. Pledge now
at one of the levels described above.
Your pledges will not come due until we begin planning activities
in your region, two months ahead. As
a reminder, here are the regions and dates for the 2008 National
Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour.
GA, AL, MS, SC, NC, TN (7
states: January, February)
Southwest: TX, NM, AZ, CO, UT, OK, AR, LA (8 states: March, April)
VA, WV, MD, DE, PA, NJ, DC (7 states:
CT, RI, MA, VT, NH, ME (7
states: July, August)
IN, OH, IA, MI, KY, MO, MN, ND, SD, KS, NE, WI
(13 states: September,
NV, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY, AK, HI (9
states: November, December)