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Appointments Complete for Commission on Long-Term Care

March 14, 2013

All 15 members of the Commission on Long-Term Care, established under the under the American Tax Relief Act (pdf) in January 2013, have been appointed now that President Obama nominated the final three members on March 12.

The Commission is charged with developing a plan for “establishing, implementing, and financing [a] comprehensive, coordinated, and high-quality system that ensures the availability of long-term services and supports” for elders and people with disabilities.

Several key workforce issues are also to be addressed:

  • Adequacy of the number of long-term care workers to meet the need
  • Necessary development of the workforce in order to provide high-quality services
  • Development of entities (i.e. public authorities) that can serve as employers and fiscal agents for home care workers
  • Gaps infederal and state infrastructure that prevent the delivery of high-quality long-term services and supports

The Commission must make recommendations within six months, but Congress is not required by law to vote on them, blogs Howard Gleckman in “White House Finally Fills Out Long-Term Care Commission” at Forbes.com.

The President, Senate majority and minority leaders, Speaker of the House, and House minority leader were each responsible for appointing three members to the Commission.

For the complete list of Commission appointees and who nominated them, see Gleckman’s blog post.

— by Deane Beebe

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