Pallone Delivers Keynote Address at Long-Term Care Conference

Sep 12, 2014 Issues: Health Care, New Jersey

HAMILTON, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06), senior Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, delivered the keynote address today at a conference hosted by NJ Spotlight in Hamilton that focused on the future of long-term health care services for patients and providers in New Jersey.

“A crisis in long-term care is looming – both on a personal level for those who will need these services and for us collectively as a nation,” said Pallone.  “What is most frustrating, however, is this crisis is not new.  It has been an issue that Congress has been trying to address for decades, and it is one that we must finally resolve to ensure that millions of Americans do not forego the care they need while they wait on Washington to fix this broken system.”

Aging individuals and those with disabilities face enormous challenges when paying for services that help them remain independent, be economically stable, and receive necessary care.  Congressman Pallone has been a long-time leader in addressing national efforts to address these critical issues regarding long-term care in the United States.  Through his efforts, a national insurance program to pay for long-term care, services and supports became part of the Affordable Care Act.  This program, called the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS), was, unfortunately, repealed by Congress, leaving these pressing issues unresolved.  Congressman Pallone continues to engage on the issue to find alternative ways to ensure that these services are available to all those in need of long-term care.