Proposal for full LTC coverage

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Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)
Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA)

Congressional lawmakers have introduced a bill to launch a single-payer healthcare system that would include universal long-term care coverage.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA) introduced the “American Health Security Act of 2013” on Dec. 9. The “Medicare-for-all” bill proposes a program that would be administered at the state level and would replace the Affordable Care Act insurance marketplaces. 

The program would be funded in part by a healthcare income tax on individuals and payroll tax on employers. It would offer universal coverage, including long-term care benefits that could be applied to a skilled nursing facility, home- and community-based services and/or hospice.