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As I’ve noted in a previous JAMA Forum post (http://bit.ly/1EkqNPh), there has been a determined and serious effort in recent years by a broad range of organizations and analysts to find a consensus approach to the growing problem of financing long-term care in the United States. These efforts have just resulted in 2 major reports, released in February.
One report comes from the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), a national think tank committed to finding workable bipartisan policy solutions (http://bit.ly/1PNa7if). The other is published by the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, an organization that convenes groups and individuals with conflicting views to seek consensus on difficult issues (http://bit.ly/1UkYS6S). Participants in the latter project, known as the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative, included leaders from major think tanks and philanthropy, insurance associations, health and consumer advocacy groups, organizations representing the interests of older Americans, not-for-profit services, and care for elderly persons, as well as former state and federal officials. (Disclosure: I served as an advisor to the BPC project and as a member of the Collaborative.)
Butler SM. Consensus Plans Emerge to Tackle Long-term Care Costs. JAMA. 2016;315(14):1441–1442. doi:10.1001/jama.2016.2633
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