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Aging Conference Offers Recommendations on Medicaid, Medicare, and Long-Term Care

  • December 16th, 2005

The White House Conference on Aging came to a close this week, and the delegates named reauthorizing the Older Americans Act, strengthening Medicaid and Medicare, and developing a coordinated long-term care strategy as among their top resolutions. The conference, which was held December 11 to 14 in Washington, D.C., occurs once every 10 years, and is designed to make aging policy recommendations to the President and Congress.

Among the 1200 delegates who voted on the resolutions designed to help guide national aging policy were ElderLawAnswer member attorneys Lawrence Davidow, Vincent J. Russo, and Paul Sturgul. The delegates in attendance selected the top 50 resolutions to present and participated in working groups to develop strategies for implementing the resolutions.

At the end of the conference, the delegates released their top ten resolutions as voted on by the delegates. The top priority of the delegates is to reauthorize the Older Americans Act within the next six months. In addition, to resolutions on Medicaid, Medicare, and long-term care, the delegates recommended improving transportation, recognizing and treating mental illness among seniors, and increasing the number of health care professionals who are skilled in geriatrics. A final report from the conference will be presented to the President and Congress by June 2006.

President Bush did not attend the conference, making him the first President in the history of the conference not to speak to delegates. Past White House Conferences on Aging have contributed to the establishment of many key aging programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, the Older Americans Act, the Supplemental Security Income Program, Social Security reforms, and establishment of the National Institute on Aging.

For more on the conference, click here.

For a list of the top ten resolutions, click here.

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Last Modified: 12/16/2005

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