LTC Bullet: The
LTC Tour (Mile 4350)
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Columbia, South Carolina--
LTC Comment: The
National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour is well and truly begun.
Read, see and hear the latest after the ***news.***
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After you read today's LTC Bullet, if you want to be part of the
National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour, let us know.
Contact Damon at 206-283-7036 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get all the details at the top of www.centerltc.com
about participation as a sponsor or a Regional Representative of the
Center. You'll find everything you need to know including benefits
and costs. My speaking
engagements all year and throughout the United States are booked on a
first-come, first-served basis so the sooner you join the LTC Tour, the
better chance you have of scheduling events and getting publicity like
the examples in today's LTC Bullet. ***
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or finish later and send it tomorrow.
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LTC BULLET: THE
LTC TOUR (MILE 4350)
LTC Comment: The
Center for Long-Term Care Reform's 2008 "LTC Tour" is
succeeding beyond my highest hopes and expectations.
Our goal is to reach the public, policy makers and the media with
this critical message:
"Every individual and family should plan
responsibly for the risk and cost of long-term care."
That's the only way America can save Medicaid as a
long-term care safety net for the poor and ensure that every baby boomer
receives quality LTC at the most appropriate level when the time comes.
The message is resonating. On
Monday and Tuesday morning of this week, all three network affiliates
(ABC, NBC, and CBS) in Chattanooga, TN interviewed me on the air about
the importance of long-term care planning.
We published a FlipVideo version of the ABC affiliate's show on
the LTC Blog at www.centerltc.com.
You'll find a link there by scrolling down to the entry for
2/12/8. Special thanks to
Center for Long-Term Care Reform Regional Representative Gail Lindsey of
Lindsey and Associates and to her newest associate Jason Hillner for
their successful efforts in publicizing the LTC Tour.
For the CBS affiliate's coverage (a story and a
video), check it out here.
The story tells why a mother and daughter attended our public
forum Monday night. They
came because both are worried that long-term care could become a huge
family problem some day without wise planning now.
I elaborated on the nature and likelihood of that problem and,
more importantly, I explained the solution for people and for public
In today's Tennessean, the newspaper of
record for the state capital of Nashville, read Getahn Ward's story
("Personal Responsibility Urged for Long-Term Care") about our
LTC Tour and the LTC financing issue at http://www.tennessean.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2008802130398.
You'll find a picture of me and the Silver Bullet of Long-Term
Care along with an article on the Tour and the LTC issue.
Here's the lead: "Steve Moses rode his Airstream trailer, dubbed 'The
Silver Bullet,' into Nashville last week with this message: The solution
to a looming long-term care crisis is in consumers' taking personal
responsibility, not in more government programs."
Tennessean interview occurred immediately after Phyllis Shelton
and I met with the Director and Deputy Director of TennCare (Tennessee's
Medicaid program) and the day before I spoke at length with State
Representative Ferguson, who chairs the state legislature's "Joint
Long-Term Care Study Group." I
interviewed Rep. Ferguson on FlipVideo here.
Early in the LTC Tour, several weeks ago, Life
Insurance Selling editor Gordon Bess, interviewed me about the LTC
Tour and the
long-term care financing issue. A
"podcast" of that 20-minute conversation is now available at LIS's
website. Go to www.lifeinsuranceselling.com
and click on "Podcasts-New."
the lead: "February
2008 Podcast: As the baby
boom generation ages, the American public will come to the stark
realization that families cannot rely on public financing (Medicaid and
Medicare) to pay long-term care costs. There is an urgent need for
public awareness and education on the economic realities of long-term
care, and specifically the importance of private insurance coverage to
meet these needs. Leading the way in this effort is Stephen Moses,
president of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform in Seattle. He is on a
year-long 'National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour' that will take
him through all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We interviewed
Steve during one of his stops in Florida. He explains the purpose of his
tour and how insurance professionals can benefit from it."
I'm delivering the luncheon address in Columbia, SC at the South
Carolina Association of Health Underwriters "Day on the Hill"
conference. In the
afternoon, I'll appear on a local radio show to speak yet again about
the importance of LTC planning.
The National Long-Term Care Consciousness Tour is already touching the lives of thousands of people. And we've barely just begun. Follow our progress in the LTC Blog at www.centerltc.com or join the Center and get our daily LTC E-Alerts and LTC Bullets. Tell your friends and colleagues about the LTC Tour. But most importantly: when you see a picture of the Silver Bullet of Long-Term Care, check to see if your favorite LTC company or carrier is represented with signage. If not, please ask them to sponsor the Tour, so we can affix their logo to the Silver Bullet, and show the world they care about responsible LTC planning.