Family Caregiver Alliance Convenes National Summit On Long-Term Care And Caregiving
Top policymakers will meet in San Francisco to explore challenges of new legislative/economic environment in wake of September 11.
SAN FRANCISCO (October 24, 2001) Legislators and long-term care experts from 40 states will attend "Who Will Provide Care: Emerging Issues for State Policymakers," an invitational conference sponsored by Family Caregiver Alliance/National Center on Caregiving, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The forum will be held:
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Friday, October 26 and,
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Saturday, October 27, 2001.
Holiday Inn, Financial District/Chinatown
750 Kearny, San Francisco
The long-term care system in the United States is complex, fragmented and underfunded. In the aftermath of the September 11 attacks, the momentum gained from new awareness of the needs of long-term caregivers and the passage of the National Family Caregiver Support Program has been diffused. State budgets are being slashed as the economy slows and priorities shift to national security. Yet, the issues of an aging population and increasing healthcare costs remain; states currently are major financers and regulators of long-term care services and must find the means to meet the increasing demands.
Critical topics under discussion at this forum will include long-term care financing, workplace issues, impact of the Olmstead decision, workforce shortages, paying family members for care, legislative success stories, and more.
Speakers include: John Rother, Director of Legislation & Public Policy, AARP; Judith Feder, Ph.D., Professor & Dean of Policy Studies, Georgetown University; Hon. Mark C. Montigny, Senator, Massachusetts State Senate & Chair, Senate Ways & Means; Wendy Fox-Grage, Senior Policy Specialist, National Conference of State Legislatures; Hon. Rebecca Cohn, Assemblymember, California State Assembly and Chair, Aging & Long-Term Care Committee.
Family Caregiver Alliance, celebrating its 25th Anniversary, is widely recognized as a pioneer among caregiving organizations. FCA serves as a public voice for caregivers, and, through its National Center on Caregiving, works to advance the development of high-quality, cost-effective policies and programs for caregivers in every state in the country .
NOTE: This event marks the beginning of National Caregivers Month and National Alzheimer's Awareness Month in November.
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