Niles Godes, SVP of congressional affairs, joins Senators Schumer and Schatz to oppose the Graham-Cassidy bill at a press conference on Capitol Hill

LeadingAge, Lutheran Services in America ask Congress to Begin a “Serious Conversation” about LTSS

LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan and Lutheran Services in America President and CEO Charlotte Haberaecker recently wrote all Members of Congress to raise the profile of long-term services and supports (LTSS) issues.

The joint letter told Congress that 70% of people over age 65 will require some type of LTSS at some point during their lifetime and that the need for these services will only grow as our population ages. Only 11% of older adults had private long-term care insurance in 2015.

The letter also discussed the role of affordable housing in improving health care and reducing costs. “Housing plus services models lead to…increased access to care, and better outcomes,” Sloan and Haberaecker wrote.

The letter urged Congress to “begin a serious conversation between lawmakers, consumers, and providers on LTSS,” and added, “LeadingAge and Lutheran Services in America are more than willing to lead this long overdue effort.”

MACPAC Addresses Opportunities for Medicaid Reform

The Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) kicked off its fall meetings last week. Of note for LeadingAge was an opening session featuring remarks from former Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrators on opportunities for reform. Read more here.