The Senate Finance last week adopted several amendments in its healthcare reform bill that apply to long-term care.
An amendment introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) would insert language that expresses Congress' interest to address long-term care services and supports in a comprehensive way. Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) offered one that links increases in the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) with states' use of Medicaid funds for home- and community-based services.
Yet another would place the Elder Justice Act inside the massive legislation. The act would help prevent and detect elder abuse, and prosecute those who commit it.
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Legislative Amendments Emphasize Home and Community Based Care - Elder Justice Act