Health Care Reform Discussed at ALFA Conference

ALFA Conference 2010Senior living executives attending the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) Conference & Expo this week attended a briefing on the new health care reform laws. Issues addressed during the briefing should put many seniors’ minds at ease, including the fact that ALFA was an advocate for certain aspects of the new laws that will impact seniors.

ALFA advocated for changes that would improve access to care, improve the quality of care received, and provide more choices for seniors when it comes to long-term care. Seniors will be afforded more choices through adding flexibility to benefits and expanding coverage to include more non-traditional care, such as family caregiving.

Cost is a prominent issue that was not ignored. In fact, ALFA advocated for more options for using payor sources for residential care, rather than institutional settings, which are typically more expensive. ALFA was also a proponent of the new optional long-term care insurance benefit offered through employers, as a means to encourage consumers to plan in advance for long-term care needs.

Finally, as we discussed in an earlier post, the need for geriatricians, geriatric care managers, and elder care specialists is going to drastically increase as the population ages. In order to address this shortage, ALFA is in support of grants that will fund education and training related to senior care.

ALFA also plans to monitor the delivery of benefits as the government actually implements the new laws, and will be available to offer expertise and insight on behalf of the industry.

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