A new federal Commission on Long-Term Care has been created to “develop a plan for the establishment, implementation and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated and high-quality system that ensures the availability of long-term services and supports for those in need of such services and supports."
The 12-member commission - which was created as part of the “fiscal cliff" deal Congress approved Jan. 1 - will include older adults, family caregivers, health care workers who specialize in long-term care, and representatives from the long-term care and private insurance industries.
Congressional leaders and President Barack Obama are supposed to appoint people to the commission by the end of this month. It must then come up with its recommendations and report them to Congress within six months.
— Alandra Johnson and Mac McLean