On the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Forum, Stuart Butler, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Convergence Board Member, describes the highlights of the principles to which the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative has agreed, including:
- Older US adults and younger people with impairments must be enabled to live as independently as possible with the maximum choice of settings for receiving LTSS services.
- Family caregivers need much greater support.
- Health services need to be much better integrated with family-centered and community-centered services and supports.
- People need much better access to affordable public or private insurance, with any public program or public support fiscally sustainable.
Lee Goldberg of the National Academy of Social Insurance describes how the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative may be “the first group in a while to create principles that span the ideological spectrum” and is hopeful that the Collaborative will support a much-needed resurgence in long-term care policy reforms. Read more here.
On Forbes.com, Howard Gleckman describes the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative’s new vision for long-term care, focusing on four pillars: “better integrating supports and services with medical care; supporting families; supporting paid caregivers; and leveraging existing institutions such as neighborhoods, faith communities, and workplaces.”
Read Howard Gleckman’s article about the Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative on Forbes.com written on the occasion of the Collaborative’s release of principles and vision papers:
“We formed a group of strange bedfellows—people with little in common except a commitment to work together to solve these difficult issues. We represent providers, consumers, and the insurance industry, as well as policy analysts from across the political spectrum. Some of us are health care experts, others focus on long-term care… To help a group of people with strong opinions get to “yes,” we worked with the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, a non-profit that facilitates consensus-building on complex policy matters.”
Convergence’s Project on Nutrition and Wellness is featured as an example of a successful public health-industry alliance for combatting childhood obesity in a new report by the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research (NCCOR).
“More than 50 influential thought leaders work together to better understand incentives, messaging, and other initiatives that promote healthier food choices. Their unifying framework encourages cooperation across diverse groups and puts market forces to work.”
Click here to read the full report.
In a report published on September 10, 2014 entitled “Cross-Sector Meetings Explore How to Get Consumers to Buy Healthy Food“, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation describes how Convergence’s Project on Nutrition and Wellness convened public health, public interest, and private-sector stakeholders to explore barriers and identify strategies to increase the demand for healthy foods. Read the full report here.
Convergence welcomes Stuart Butler as a Visiting Fellow with Convergence. A member of Convergence’s board of trustees, Stuart’s new position with Convergence coincides with his transition to the Brookings Institution as Senior Fellow, Economic Studies after 35 years with the Heritage Foundation. To read what the Brookings Institution had to say about the transition, click here.