Friday, April 30, 2010

Senior Housing Leader Ecumen Points Way to Post Partisanship: Long Term Care Financing Reform

Senior Housing Leader Ecumen Points Way to Post Partisanship: Long Term Care Financing Reform

Guest post in New York Times and latest whitepaper illustrate reasons why Sens. McCain & Obama are silent on Long Term Care Financing Reform and Outline Opportunity For Candidates

Shoreview, MN (PRWEB) September 9, 2008

http://www. ecumen. org (http://www. ecumen. org) - Aging services provider Ecumen, one of the country's largest non-profit senior housing companies, has released a new whitepaper, and contributed a guest post to The New York Times, detailing the unprecedented opportunity to improve American quality of life for everyone who is not in Sens. McCain and Obama's tax brackets.

"Long Term Care Financing Reform: An Incredible Opportunity for Candidates Who Desire Positive Change in America (http://www. ecumen. org/whitepaper. html)" is the latest whitepaper penned by Ecumen's CEO Kathryn Roberts, PhD, who also is a board member of the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). Baby boomer Roberts calls out today's presidential candidates on their relative silence on this issue that impacts all Americans.

"Today about 10 million Americans need long-term care and 12 million will need it in 2020," states Roberts in the paper and post. "Unfortunately, as the unprecedented age wave (http://www. ecumen. org/whitepaper. html) rises, America sits in a costly time warp depending on outdated, unnecessarily expensive institutional long term care."

America's broken long-term care financing system is working against the interests of its citizens. It denies choice, impoverishes families and threatens to bankrupt federal and state governments. America needs innovation. Absent that innovation, the increasing burden on individuals and families, and on state and federal programs - Medicaid, in particular - is unsustainable.

Roberts paper outlines reasons for the national silence on long-term care financing reform and highlights a national - and equitable - long-term care insurance trust that could provide an opportunity for policymakers to forge a bi-partisan comeback and generate a victory to hasten overall health care reform.

"Long term care financing reform," concludes Roberts, " is a tremendous opportunity that sits before every candidate and every citizen who seeks to transform America for the 21st century."

Visit Ecumen's site to download the full whitepaper and recent New York Times guest post, "Long Term Care Financing Reform: An Incredible Opportunity for Candidates Who Desire Positive Change in America (http://www. ecumen. org/whitepaper. html)" by Kathryn Roberts, PhD.

About Ecumen:
Ecumen (www. ecumen. org) is based in Shoreview, Minn., and is one of the largest non-profit senior housing, services and development companies in the United States. The name Ecumen comes from the word ecumenical, which in turn is derived from the Greek word for home: "Oikos". Ecumen's mission is to create "home" for older adults wherever they choose to live. Ecumen is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and has 4,000 team members. Ecumen writes about news and ideas that are shaping the future of aging services at its Changing Aging blog: http://www. ecumen. org/changing-aging/ (http://www. ecumen. org/changing-aging/).

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