Health Bill To Act As Long Term Health Care
At the historic Caucus Room of the Russell Senate Office Building, an aide to Senator Edward Kennedy told a gathering of some 250 people about the decision of the health committee to host a meeting on finding ways to make the health-reform bill a means to change the life for disabled people and also to bring forth a new national long term care insurance plan.
Last week, the 77 year old Kennedy could not make it to the Capitol Hill due to his protracted battle against brain cancer as Democrats who are working on his committee began to unfold their draft for health care legislation.
The committee has in its agenda a new national long-term insurance program that would help people with the basic help needed as they grow older or are disabled. Presently, people looking for long-term home or community based care find it difficult to access Medicaid "waiver" programs that provide home health services. It has been found that many elders looking for medical assistance finally end their savings as they keep on spending for treatment and are poor enough to be eligible for enrolment for Medicaid to help them to visit a nursing home, whereas all they really need is the usual help near their house and nursing home visits.
The plan envisages to enrol all the working Americans in the plan if they would like to do so. For the students and poor people, the payment is $5 a month, whereas for others it would not be over an average of $65 a month. In five years time of enrolment, limited home services would be paid to members if they are in need them.
The Republicans have disliked the cost involved in the proposal presented by the Democrats, especially those from the committee of Kennedy. A Republican aide said later that the proposals for long-term care could be an expensive affair, though the reviewing of the proposals by the Congressional Budget Office could not finished.
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