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A policy report by Georgetown University researchers presents four distinct policy options for including long-term care support and services in health care reform. The report, released by the SCAN Foundation, comes on the heels of a survey showing that nearly 80 percent of Americans would be more likely to support a health care reform package that includes improved coverage for long-term care services.
The Georgetown report, Long-Term Care in Health Care Reform: Policy Options to Improve Both, presents four options for improving access to long-term care for people of low-income and limited financial resources and ways to strengthen long-term care protections for the broader population. The four options would:
"All four proposals could be enacted together," said Harriet L. Komisar, the report's lead author. "We selected proposals that we think make sense right now -- they would enable more people to obtain the vital long-term care supports and services they need and at the same time enhance major health and economic policy goals by improving the health and well-being of American families and the cost-effectiveness of health care delivery."
"With recent polling data indicating widespread public support for long-term care reform, the options presented in the Georgetown report provide federal policymakers a succinct guidebook for enacting meaningful reform that will benefit the growing population of people aged 65 and older," said Dr. Bruce Chernof, President & CEO of The SCAN Foundation.
The SCAN Foundation is the only foundation in the U.S. exclusively devoted to long-term care.
For an executive summary and the full report, click here.