ERIC Number: ED264468
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Jun-4
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Long-Term Care in America: The People's Call for Federal Action. Hearing before the Select Committee on Aging. House of Representatives, Ninety-Ninth Congress, First Session.
Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.
This document presents prepared statements and testimony from the Congressional hearing on the federal government's role in providing long-term care for the elderly in America. Opening statements from the chairman and three members of the Select Committee on Aging focus on the financial burden of long-term care for America's elderly, the anticipated growth of an aging population, and the need for alternatives to high-cost institutional care. Testimony is given from witnesses including the chairman and members of the Close-Up Foundation in Arkansas, the chairman of the Arizona Governor's Advisory Council on Aging, a staff member of the Oregon Governor's Ombudsman's Program, Utah's state director of the American Association of Retired Persons, the chairman of the Rural Elderly Task Force for the Select Committee on Aging, and several retirees. The needs of the elderly, especially for in-home medical and social services from the community are stressed. Suggestions are offered for federal support of long-term care, including: (1) federal incentives to insurance companies for long-term care; (2) extension of Medicare to cover long-term care; (3) incentives to keep people in their own homes and out of institutions through federally supported programs or extension of existing federal programs; (4) the use of tax credits to help relieve the financial burden on families of the elderly; and (5) the use of paramedicals to provide in-home care. The appendix includes statements from other state agency representatives and retirees. (ABB)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials
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Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. House Select Committee on Aging.