WASHINGTON - On Wednesday, March 4, U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging Chairman Herb Kohl (D-WI) will hold a hearing to call for the inclusion of improvements to long-term care services and supports as part of emerging blueprints for national health reform.  A member of the Obama Administration from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will participate as the Committee considers how to improve the country's current scattered system of long-term care services and supports, while also working to ensure that they are cost-effective. Witnesses will call for targeted changes to Medicare and Medicaid, as well as broader changes in the context of national health care reform discussions.
WHAT:    Senate Special Committee on Aging Hearing:
Health Reform in An Aging America
WHEN:    Wednesday, March 4 at 10:00 a.m.
WHERE: 562 Dirksen Senate Office Building
WHO:       Thomas Hamilton, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Karen Timberlake, Secretary, Wisconsin Department of Health Services
Holly Benson, Secretary, Florida's Agency for Health Care Administration
Henry Claypool, Washington Liaison for the Paraprofessional Health Institute
Melanie Bella, Senior Vice President for Policy, Center for Health Care Strategies
Judy Feder, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
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The hearing will be webcast from the committee webpage:  www.aging.senate.gov