Mason Hosts First Partnership Summit on Long-Term Care Insurance

Posted: August 2, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryann Doyle

Beginning yesterday and concluding today, the first Charting the Future of Long-Term Care Insurance conference is being held at the Arlington Campus. Organizers, including Mark Meiners, professor of health policy in the College of Health and Human Services, expect it to be an annual event.

“The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 has set in motion an unprecedented opportunity to improve and expand the market for long-term care insurance,” says Meiners. “States, along with their insurance partners, are looking to alter the way citizens view long-term care financing. Decisions made over the next several years, as more states launch their partnership programs, will significantly influence the success of this new opportunity.”

The conference sessions feature speakers from the health insurance industry, consultants, Partnership participants and government representatives, including Cong. Earl Pomeroy of North Dakota. Meiners, who specializes in aging and health with an emphasis on financing and reimbursement issues, is also a featured speaker. He is nationally recognized as one of the leading experts on financing and program development in long-term care. He says he wants to reinvigorate the Long-Term Care Educational Foundation (LTCEF) efforts to support a high-quality, effective and widespread long-term care insurance market.

Prior to the conference, several related meetings were held: the Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) Partnership Expansion Meeting; the Mason Long-Term Care Educational Foundation Technical Assistance for State Partnerships Meeting; and the Partnership LTC Certifying Class.

For more information, see the LTCEF web site.

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