August 15, 2013

Media Advisory:

Federal Commission on Long-Term Care Announces Fourth and Final Public Hearing for August 20th

Fifteen member commission created by fiscal cliff law tasked with advising Congress on long-term care reform

Washington, DC – The federal Commission on Long-Term Care has scheduled its fourth public hearing on the topic: “Addressing LTSS Service Delivery and Workforce Issues.” The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm EDT in SD-562 Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington, DC.

The Commission will hear testimony from two panels of witnesses:

Panel 1: Service Delivery and Provider Innovation and Issues 1:00 to 3:00 pm

  • Eric Berger
    Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare
  • Lisa Alecxih
    SVP and Director
    Lewin Center for Aging & Disability Policy
  • Loren Colman
    Assistant Commissioner
    MN Department of Human Services, Continuing Care Administration
  • Laura Taylor
    Director of the Caregiver Support Program
    Department of Veterans Affairs

Panel 2: Workforce Innovation and Issues 3:00 to 5:00 pm

  • Tracy Lustig, D.P.M., M.P.H.
    Sr. Program Officer
    Institute of Medicine
  • Suzanne Mintz
    Family Caregiver Advocacy
  • Charissa Raynor
    Executive Director
    SEIU Healthcare NW Training Partnership and Health Benefits Trust
  • Charlene Harrington, PhD
    Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Nursing
    University of California at San Francisco

The Commission was created by the American Taxpayer Relief Act – the so-called “fiscal-cliff” law – to advise Congress on how long-term care can be better provided and financed for the nation’s older adults and people with disabilities, now and in the future.

The bi-partisan commission consists of 15 appointees – nine members appointed by Democratic Congressional leadership and the White House and six members appointed by Republican leadership. Bruce Chernof is Chair of the Commission and Mark Warshawsky is Vice Chair. The Commission is charged by statute to report with a “plan for the establishment, implementation, and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated, and high-quality system that ensures the availability of long-term services and supports for individuals in need.”

The other appointees to the commission are: Javaid Anwar, Judith Brachman, Laphonza Butler, Henry Claypool, Judith Feder, Stephen Guillard, Julian Harris, Chris Jacobs, Neil Pruitt, Carol Raphael, Judith Stein, Grace-Marie Turner, and George Vradenburg.

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