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H.R. 6563

Medicare Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act

GOAL OF LEGISLATION
To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prevent growth rate cliff for out-of-pocket threshold under Medicare part D.

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The Honorable Frank Pallone
Ranking Member
House Committee on Energy & Commerce
237 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Pallone,

Thank you for your interest in helping seniors age with dignity and choice. Demand for long term services and supports is already high, but will continue to grow as the first wave of baby boomers reach age 80 in 2026. Unfortunately this generation has not adequately saved, or traditionally been purchasers of long term care insurance. In short, they will be ill prepared to pay for their almost certain need for long term services and supports.

As you know, assisted living is a home and community-based option where seniors receive assistance with some daily activities in a place they can call home. [INSERT COMMUNITY NAME] has [INSERT NUMBER OF RESIDENTS] and over [INSERT NUMBER OF STAFF] staff members. Our community cares for residents needing assistance with at least 2 or more activities of daily living, while many suffer from 2-3 chronic conditions, with a high likelihood of living with some type of memory impairment such as Alzheimer’s disease.

We appreciate your recognition that the looming retirement crisis cannot be ignored. The Medicare Long-Term Care Services and Supports Act (H.R. 6563) would address this issue by creating a new Part E under Medicare. We applaud the principles of the legislation that would provide qualified individuals with a daily, self-directed cash benefit that could be used to pay for care and services in the setting of their choice, including senior living.

We look forward to following the work you and other members of Congress are willing to take to develop pathways for Americans to age with the resources they need to live with independence, dignity, and choice.

Sincerely,

[INSERT NAME AND JOB TITLE & CONTACT INFORMATION]

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