Long Term Care Commission Takes Shape
Monday, February 18, 2013
by: VNAA Policy Team

Section: Public Policy and Advocacy

The Long Term Care Commission, championed by Senator Rockefeller, was created under the fiscal-cliff deal passed on January 2, 2013. The 15-member commission will have six-months to send Congress recommendations on how best to provide long-term care for the elderly and disabled. The commission was created when the Community Living Assistance Services and Support program (CLASS) – passed in the Affordable Care Act – and repealed in the fiscal-cliff deal.

Each of the following people will nominate five individuals for the commission, President Barak Obama, Senator Harry Reid, Senator Mitch McConnell, Speaker John Boehner, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. President Obama is the only one who has not announced appointments to the commission.
VNAA submitted the name of Mary Ann Christopher, CEO and President of the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, to be a member of the commission.
Senator Harry Reid’s Appointments:
Javaid Anwar: Nevada Physician
Laphonza Bulter: United Long Term Care Workers Union
Judy Feder: Georgetown Public Policy Institute
Senator Mitch McConnell’s Appointments:
Bruce Greenstein: Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
Neill Pruitt, Jr.: UHS-PruittCorporation
Mary Washofski: Former Treasury Department Official in the Bush Administration
House Speaker John Boehner’s Appointments:
Judy Brachman: Jewish Federations of North America, Aging and Family Caregiving Committee
Stephen Guillard: Belmont Nursing Center Corp.
Grace-Marie Turner: Galen Institute

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Appointments:
Bruce Chernoff: SCAN Foundation
Judith Stein: Center for Medicare Advocacy
George Vrandenberg: the Vrandenberg Foundation

VNAA will be working diligently to inform the commission of critical issues in home health and hospice care.
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