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Long-Term Care Stirs Health Care Debate

Embedded in the new health legislation being debated on the Senate floor is a major new federal insurance program for long-term care intended to help people who have cerebral palsy and multiple sclerosis. Advocates for elderly Americans and people with disabilities see the program as a long-overdue effort to address needs that will explode as baby boomers age. The nursing home legislation is meant for people with severe disabilities who want to live in the community, though the benefits could also be used to help pay for nursing home care or assisted living. Senator Tom Harkin stated that this is the next logical step after the Americans With Disabilities Act. It provides people with security and peace of mind. The Congressional Budget Office assumes that premiums would be $123 a month for benefits expected to average $65 a day. The amount of benefits would vary depending on the degree of the person’s disability. It would allow those with disabilities to live out their lives with decency and dignity. Please contact your US Senator and voice your support for this important nursing home legislation. To read more about how the nursing home legislation will help people with disabilities, please click the link.