LONG TERM CARE: Coalition to Push Issue in 2000 Elections
Former Sen. David Durenberger (R-MN) yesterday launched Citizens for Long Term Care, a coalition of 20 groups that will push candidates in the 2000 elections to address financing and access for long term care. The coalition represents 30 million people nationwide and includes groups such as the AARP, the American Health Care Association, the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, Service Employees International Union, insurance companies and advocacy groups. "Citizens for Long Term Care has decided to use the 2000 election as a springboard for long term care financing reform in recognition that this issue has been buried in ... policy debate circles for too long. ... We plan to organize these people in order to force candidates to address this issue before it reaches a crisis," said Durenberger, who chairs the coalition (Durenberger release, 4/5).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.