LTC Bullet:  CLTCR News:  Thousand Bullets Retrospective

Friday, June 12, 2015

Seattle—

LTC Comment:  Your Center for Long-Term Care Reform continues to celebrate its publication of over 1,000 LTC Bullets with this overview of 18 years of “CLTCR News” Bullets.  Please enjoy this retrospective after the ***news.***

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LTC BULLET: 
CLTCR News:  THOUSAND BULLETS RETROSPECTIVE

LTC Comment:  Once a week, usually on Fridays, we publish our latest LTC Bullet.  The Bullets are often policy pieces, sort of like op-eds.  You can always find the latest Bullets here and archives of the rest of the 1,000+ Bullets (so far), by date here and by topic here.  These 1,000+ articles are a valuable historical resource.  Please make use of them.  Search for key terms using Control-F on your keyboard.

This series is a retrospective of the most interesting and dramatic LTC Bullets that we’ve published since the Center’s founding in 1998.  We’ll highlight one Bullet per year in each of seven major topics:  “The LTC Problem and Solutions”; “Reality Check:  The Facts on LTCI”; “Medicaid Planning”; “LTC Services”; “Politics and Legislation”; “Demographics and Other Data”; and “CLTCR News.” 

Today’s Bullet is our “Thousand Bullets Retrospective” Number 7 covering “CLTCR News.”  These “CLTCR News” Bullets cover what’s happened at the Center since 1998, including press coverage and releases.  Read our summary and check out the original at the link provided.  Enjoy this walk down memory lane.

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May 15, 1998:  Center for Long-Term Care Financing Established.  “Stephen Moses and David Rosenfeld have established the Center for Long-Term Care Financing. The Center's mission is to promote universal access to top-quality long-term care by encouraging private financing and discouraging welfare financing of long-term care for most Americans.”

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November 24, 1999:  You are the Wind in our Sails.  “Last September 17, we published an LTC Bullet entitled "How Are We Doing?" We asked you to comment on the Center for Long-Term Care Financing's publications, web page, and public policy initiatives. We needed your endorsements to prove to current and potential financial supporters that you--the front line troops in the battle to save long-term care--find value in our work products.

“Here's a taste of the feedback we received from reporters, publishers, advocates, agents, brokers, LTC providers, public officials and others:”

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October 13, 2000:  The LTC Triathlon.  “Once a year, The Center for Long-Term Care Financing conducts a major research project. We call this year's project ‘The LTC Triathlon.’ That metaphor refers to the fact that America is in a race for survival to develop a long-term care service delivery and financing system that actually works before the baby boomer generation needs one. Center staff interviewed 119 of the leading financiers (lenders and investors), providers (home care, assisted living, and nursing homes) and insurers (agents, brokers and carriers) of long-term care in the United States. Our objective was to learn (1) what these key players know about each other's businesses, (2) how they account for the current malaise in long-term care service delivery and financing, and (3) what they think ought to be done to improve the situation. We have collected some dynamite material including many ‘colorful’ quotes. The report is circulating in draft for review by the study's respondents. We plan to publish it in final early in December, at which time copies will be available for purchase. In the meantime, here's an article by Center President Stephen Moses published in the September 2000 issue of Contemporary Long-Term Care magazine, a leading provider trade journal. The article will give you a good idea of where the Center for Long-Term Care Financing is going with our LTC Triathlon project.”

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March 12, 2001:  Center President Tackles New Constellation of LTC Issues.  “Center for LTC Financing President Stephen Moses addressed the ticklish subject of ‘Long-Term Care Due Diligence for Professional Financial Advisers’ on national conference calls February 14 and February 28, 2001.  The audience was primarily attorneys, accountants and financial planners for high net-worth individuals. Steve's advice in a nutshell: you have a fiduciary responsibility to your clients (1) to apprise them of the long-term care risk, (2) to propose responsible financial planning solutions, and (3) to warn them about the dubious practice of ‘Medicaid estate planning.’”

October 12, 2001:  Tribute to George Sherman.  “On September 28, we sadly announced the passing of a good friend and colleague, George Sherman.  In the meantime, dozens of you responded to our invitation to share your thoughts and anecdotes about George.  We have compiled your stories and added some information about Sherm's life and the circumstances of his death.  You will find this information at http://www.centerltc.com/GeorgeSherman.htm.  Thank you for a wonderful outpouring of affection, admiration, appreciation and respect for this unique man who touched so many of our lives.”

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August 1, 2002:  What Have You Done for Me Lately?.  “Around this time every year, we give LTC Bullets readers a report on what the Center for Long-Term Care Financing has done for you during the past year. We solicit your comments, criticism and questions. We also invite your endorsements and testimonials if you think we've earned them. We do this is preparation for the Center's 2002-2003 fundraising campaign that begins this month.”

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May 15, 2003:  Open Letter to Governors on Medicaid and LTC.  “State budgets are hurting. Medicaid, America's LTC safety net, is suffering. Huge cuts in eligibility and services already underway or under consideration will hurt the poor first and most, but formerly prosperous recipients who qualified through Medicaid planning will feel the pain too. We think there is a better way. Instead of taking a meat-axe to their home and community based waivers and other Medicaid LTC services, states can target Medicaid more effectively to the genuinely needy, encourage reliance on private financing sources such as home equity conversion, and use part of the savings to encourage the purchase of private LTC insurance with state tax credits and deductions. We estimate states can save at least five percent of their Medicaid nursing home budgets in the short run and twenty percent or more over time by implementing thoughtful reforms. The Center for Long-Term Care Financing recently sent the following letter to all State Governors (and Lt. Governors, Medicaid directors, and AHCA, AAHSA, and ALFA State affiliates) offering to help assess the problem and propose solutions. LTC Bullets readers who would like to see our LTC Choice http://www.centerltc.com/pubs/CLTCFReport.pdf or Magic Bullet http://www.centerltc.com/pubs/MAGIC_Bullet.pdf recommendations implemented are encouraged to forward this issue of LTC Bullets to your Governors, state legislators, Medicaid administrators, and local media. Invite them to check out the Center for Long-Term Care Financing at http://www.centerltc.org/ and to contact” us at 206-283-7036 or info@centerltc.com.

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March 17, 2004:  Center Announces Special LTC Project.  “The Council for Affordable Health Insurance (CAHI), a highly respected think tank and public policy organization in Washington, DC, solicited and accepted the following project proposal from the Center for Long-Term Care Financing. The Center will rank and critique states on their LTCi market penetration, their ability to control Medicaid LTC eligibility, and their success in Medicaid estate recovery, as well as other related issues. The timing and potential for this project are great because of the Medicaid-LTC driven fiscal crisis in the states. We hope to awaken legislators and policy-makers to the enormous potential of controlling Medicaid expenditures and preserving Medicaid for the needy by diverting more people to LTCi and home equity conversion. CAHI and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) will produce our report, distribute it to key state legislators and the media, and promote the findings.”  Editor’s note:  Access the finished product here:  The Realist's Guide to Medicaid and Long-Term Care.

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May 3, 2005:  The Center is Dead . . . Long Live the Center.  “Yesterday, we made the following announcement to Center donors: ‘The Center for Long-Term Care Financing ceased to exist on Friday, April 30.’ We hastened to add, however, that the work and the mission of the Center will continue. Here's what's happening:”

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May 25, 2006:  Center and Friends in the Press.  “So far this year, I've done twelve media interviews and the Center for Long-Term Care Reform has been quoted and cited in ten articles that we know about.  Publications that have covered our message include the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Daily News, the Dallas Morning News, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, McKnight's Long-Term Care News, Assisted Living Executive, and several others.  When you have a small budget but a big message, nothing helps more than a national media megaphone.  Today, we highlight three recent articles that cite the Center for Long-Term Care Reform and help convey our message.  Citations and excerpts follow.” 

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January 18, 2007:  The Almanac of Long-Term Care.  “After being barraged for decades with urgent questions like these from friends, colleagues, readers, Center members, public officials, legislators, reporters and so on and on and on, I decided to prepare an ‘Almanac of Long-Term Care.’  Our new Almanac is a reference source that makes finding the LTC information you want quick and easy.  I needed it for myself and I'll use it as much as anyone will.  

“If you're a member of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform, you can access our new Almanac of Long-Term Care today at http://www.centerltc.com/members/LTC_ALMANAC/Main.htm.  You'll need your user name and password.  If you don't have them handy, contact Damon at 206-283-7036 or damon@centerltc.com.” 

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December 17, 2008:  What Have You Done for Me Lately?.  “Thanks to the support of our individual and corporate members, and LTC Tour Regional Representatives, 2008 has been a very productive and successful year for your Center for Long-Term Care Reform. Today's LTC Bullet will list some of the year's accomplishments.”

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January 6, 2009:  An LTC Tour Retrospective.  “I can't move on to bring you our huge new plans for 2009 without pausing just once more this week to look back on our LTC Tour of 2008.  Today, I invite you down memory lane with ‘An LTC Tour Retrospective.’ On Thursday, we'll give everyone a summary, and Center members a TRANSCRIPT, of the LTC Tour's educational centerpiece: our two-hour mini-version of the Center's full-day ‘Long-Term Care Graduate Seminar.’”  See also this article that appeared in Broker World.

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February 2, 2010: Columbo Interviews Don Quixote of LTC.  “I [Stephen Moses] give a lot of media interviews every year, but this was the most fun.”

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December 9, 2011: LTC at Sundance.  “The 13th annual Health Sector Assembly brought together 70 thought leaders to discuss LTC services and financing.  Our message was heard loud and clear.

“Following is a transcript of my remarks to the Health Sector Assembly.  At the end of those comments, I mentioned that I had prepared six ‘Briefing Papers’ which ask and answer key questions about long-term care ‘from a perspective clearly at odds with conventional long-term care analysis.’  Staff of the event distributed a summary sheet with links to all six essays to all of the attendees.  In the coming weeks and months, we will share the same material with you in forthcoming LTC Bullets.”

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January 20, 2012:  New LTC Clipping Service.  “Subscribe to our new ‘LTC Clipping Service’ and Steve Moses will send you an average of 1 to 3 critical LTC articles per day so you can do business instead of searching the web.  Cost?  Discounted thanks to a grant:  Only $100 per year for Center members; $120 per year for non-members; and free to Regional Representatives of the Center.  Contact Damon at 206-283-7036 or damon@centerltc.com to subscribe.  Details follow”

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December 20, 2013:  What Have You Done for Me Lately?.  “Our annual report on the Center for Long-Term Care Reform’s year follows [in this LTC Bullet].”

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July 16, 2014:  Free the LTCI 5000.  “LTCI specialists should break their chains and soar.  We can help [in this LTC Bullet].”

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March 27, 2015:  The 15th Annual ILTCI Conference:  A Virtual Visit.  “The annual Inter-Company Long-Term Care Insurance Conferences are always something special.  But this year’s meeting exceeded all that came before.”  Find out why in this LTC Bullet and don’t miss the next one!  

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