Legislative Agenda for the First Session of the 111th Congress
Long Term Services & Supports
To meet this challenge, the 111th Congress must:
- Expand, modernize, and, where appropriate, maintain national policies that provide individual supports. Such supports should encourage individual control of services, self-sufficiency, and personal responsibility among our constituents. Such services and supports must be:
- consumer controlled;
- inclusive of personal assistance services;
- designed and implemented to meet individual needs;
- widely accessible; and
- provided in the community.
Such a system should avoid the need for people to impoverish themselves to qualify for services;
- Support legislation to create a national, long term supports insurance program that is premium-based and non-means-tested, that will cover most workers, and that will provide cash benefits to assist beneficiaries in avoiding the need to impoverish themselves to qualify for Medicaid;
- Ensure adequate funds for federal monitoring and implementation of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Olmstead decision;
- Establish pilot projects to encourage home health agencies to utilize home monitoring and communications technologies; and
- Amend federal law to allow military survivor benefits to be paid to a trust established for an individual with disabilities, to allow for the long-term support of the individual.