The National Council On Aging sent this email to me today and knew I had to pass it on to get as much support as possible. Here is what it said:
Health reform will begin moving through two key House committees this week. Your Representative serves on one of these committees. We need your help this Thursday the 16th to advocate for including home and community-based long-term care in the bill.
Thousands of seniors are impoverished and forced into nursing homes prematurely because they lack of coverage for these services. If Congress does not address this problem now, it may be decades before this opportunity arises again.
Please call your Representative toll-free on Thursday at 1-800-958-5374
Urge your Representative to include the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, H.R. 1721, in the House health reform bill.
Tell your Representative:
I'm a constituent calling to urge Representative X to support including the CLASS Act in the House health reform bill. The CLASS Act would create a voluntary insurance program to help those in need receive home and community-based long-term care.
Too many seniors and their families are impoverished and forced into nursing homes prematurely because they lack of coverage for these services. The CLASS Act will help address this major unmet care need.
The CLASS Act is supported by President Obama and over 100 national groups, and would reduce the deficit by $58 billion, including over $4 billion in state and federal Medicaid savings.
Thank you for adding your voice to the health reform debate!