Long-Term Care Summit Begins Today

Posted: July 8, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Marjorie Musick

The Second Annual Partnership Summit: Charting the Future of Long-Term Care Insurance begins today at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Md.

The summit is sponsored by the Department of Health Administration and Policy of Mason’s College of Health and Human Services.

Approximately 150 administrators from state and insurance agencies across the nation will attend the two-day summit at which key industry leaders will share strategies for building viable long-term care partnership programs among state governments, insurance companies and insurance brokers.

“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 Mark Meiners, director of the Long-Term Care Partnership and a professor in Mason’s

Department of Health Administration and Policy who is managing the event. “Decisions made over the next several years will significantly influence the success of these partnership programs.”

Meiners, who points to the retirement of the baby boomers as a catalyst for the increase in these public/private initiatives, notes that seminar attendees will learn techniques for launching effective public awareness campaigns while enhancing the relevance of their partnership programs.

“With the aging of the population, the next decade promises to bring even greater demand for both long-term and end-of-life care,” says Meiners. “States, along with their insurance partners, are looking to alter the way in which citizens view long-term care financing, and to develop and improve options for addressing this critical need.”

Additional information concerning the Second Annual Partnership Summit is available online. Questions should be directed to Meiners at 703-993-1909 or mmeiners@gmu.edu.

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