Long-term care association mourns death of Kennedy

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Among those honoring the memory of Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died late Tuesday of brain cancer, was the long-term care community.

"We mourn the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA), who was a champion for vulnerable people throughout his life and a dedicated servant to our nation," the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging said in a statement released Wednesday. "In the midst of America's great discussion of healthcare reform, Kennedy was an advocate of much-needed support for older adults and people with disabilities. We hope that Congress will honor his memory with the completion of healthcare reform this year."

Kennedy, who called healthcare reform "the cause of my life," was the architect of the Senate's "Affordable Health Choices Act." In a nod to the needs of long-term care, the bill includes the CLASS Act, which outlines plans for a disability insurance program. AAHSA has thrown its weight behind the CLASS Act. Following Kennedy's death, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said Congress will pass healthcare reform legislation this year. Efforts have encountered strong resistance this month from the public and members of Congress, who oppose its cost and certain provisions in it. 

Kennedy was responsible for helping pass many significant pieces of legislation. To find out more, click here to see the latest entry in The Editors' Blog.