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Congress appoints members to Long Term Care Commission

On Jan. 2 the American Taxpayer Relief Act was signed into law by President Barack Obama. The primary purpose of the legislation was to delay the so-called "fiscal cliff", but this new Act included a provision to create a federal Commission on Long Term Care, aimed at developing and implementing a plan to establish high-quality long-term care services and support for Americans. The commission will address how Medicare, Medicaid, and the private long-term care insurance market can be improved to benefit long-term care users and providers. The Commission has six months to report its findings and recommendations to Congress.

Members of the Commission are appointed by the White House and members of Congress, and to date, the following appointments have been made: Dr. Javaid Anwar of Nevada; Laphonza Butler of California; Judith Feder of Virginia, health care policy expert; Bruce Greenstein, Louisiana Health Secretary; Mark Warshawsky, a Treasury official under President George W. Bush; Judy Brachman of Bexly, Ohio; Stephen Guillard of Chatham, Mass.; Grace-Marie Turner of Alexandria, Va.; Neil Pruitt, chairman and CEO of UHS-Pruitt Corporation; Dr. Bruce Allen Chernof of the SCAN foundation; Judith Stein of the Center for Medicare Advocacy; and George Vradenburg, an Alzheimer's activist. Three remaining slots are to be filled by Obama. more

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