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Reeve Foundation Weighs In On US House Of Representatives Hearing On Long-Term Care Financing

In March 2016, the US House of Representatives held a hearing on an issue often ignored by Congress: financing for long-term care (also known as long-term services and supports). 

This hearing was built on the momentum created by two bipartisan reports issued in early 2016, which point to a growing consensus that our current system of paying for long-term services and supports could be greatly improved for Americans currently living with disabilities and that it is not ready to support the baby boomer population as they age. The reports are from the Bipartisan 379f088eff6d45bd9d432e8885baa72e-huge-is
Policy Center and the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution.

The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation submitted a statement, one of only two statements that Congresswoman Doris Matsui of California introduced for the record for the Democrats. The Reeve Foundation’s statement urged Congress to remember that while most attention is focused on older individuals, half of all spinal cord injuries occur before age 30 and that a comprehensive system of long-term services and supports should support working-age people with disabilities in addition to older adults. Most long-term services and supports are currently funded by Medicaid, but it has strict income and asset limits that can hinder people’s ability to return to work or earn a living wage. The Reeve Foundation wants to pursue new financing solutions that protect Medicaid but provide new options for people living with paralysis that provide home and community-based supports and don’t discourage earning. 

Congressman Frank Pallone of New Jersey, ranking member of the powerful Energy & Commerce Committee, announced that he plans to introduce a bill soon and may pursue expanding Medicare to cover long-term care. The Reeve Foundation is excited to work with Congressman Pallone on this effort to ensure that the needs of people living with paralysis are included. 
Posted by Community Admin on Mar 10, 2016 10:31 AM America/New_York

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