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Federal Commission on Long-Term Care Announces First Public Hearing

The newly created federal Commission on Long-Term Care will have its first public hearing on Thursday, June 27th at 2:00 pm EDT in the Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2322. The title of the hearing is “The Current System for Providing Long-Term Services and Supports.”

The Commission will hear testimony from the following expert witnesses:

  • Anne Tumlinson, Senior Vice President, Avalere Health
  • Kirsten Colello, Specialist in Health and Aging Policy, Congressional Research Service
  • G. William Hoagland, Senior Vice President, Bipartisan Policy Center
  • Marc Cohen, Chief Research and Development Officer, LifePlans, Inc.

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. 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.”

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