U.S. House forms first long-term care caucus
The House of Representatives has formed a long-term care caucus "dedicated to improving the access, quality and affordability of long-term care for individuals of all ages."It is the first time a long-term care caucus has been formed, according to provider association officials.
Four representatives lead the House Long-Term Care Caucus (LTCC): Co-chairs Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Earl Pomeroy (D-ND), and vice chairs Nancy Johnson (R-CT) and Tom Allen (D-ME). The quartet had actively recruited 12 other lawmakers to take part in the coalition as of press time.
The first six lawmakers to answer the call and join the new group were Reps. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Lois Capps (D-CA), Phil English (R-PA), Mike Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Jim Saxton (R-NJ) and Lee Terry (R-NE).
In a letter dated May 15, LTCC leaders said the growing costs of nursing home care and the financial impact on Medicaid and state budgets were vital reasons to form the new coalition.
The lawmakers said they plan to work with experts in the field to educate colleagues and build support for policies that expand consumer choices and reduce the financial burden of long-term care.
"Few people are able to cover their long-term care costs at the time of need," putting a burden on the Medicaid program and families, the letter said.