Helping long-term care join the healthcare reform conversation

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Healthcare spending topped $2.4 trillion in 2008, according to new figures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. So it's not hard to see why much has been said lately about the need to reform the nation's healthcare system. But one of its key players—long-term care—has essentially been left out of the conversation. A hearing today held by the Senate Special Committee on Aging may help change that. A half dozen invited speakers are going to call for changes in the Medicare and Medicaid programs, as well as the formation of a more streamlined long-term care spectrum. Let's just hope the testimony doesn't fall on deaf ears.