The Senate Special Aging Cmte. convened a hearing on the future of long-term care for seniors. Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) chaired the hearing and said the focus is on how to best provide and finance long term care for those who need it through Medicare and Medicaid, while tackling the nation’s debt and deficit problem.
In testimony from the panel of expert witnesses, many agreed one option is to give states more flexibility in administering services.
Loren Colman, the Continuing Care Assistant Commissioner for the Minnesota Department of Human Services, says we must move away from the "one-size-fits-all" approach when it comes to long term care.
Witnesses included Douglas Holtz-Eakin, former director of the Congressional Budget Office.