A Geriatric Care Manager Goes to Washington

Tomorrow I’m off to Washington to provide testimony to the House Judiciary Committee as they prepare to deal with health care reform. My input will focus on elder care and health care for seniors.

Congress has health care reform at the top of their list. This week they will start an intense focus on a complete overhaul of our country’s health-care system. President Obama wants a plan from Congress by August. The promise to fix health care was an integral part of his election campaign, and it remains one of his top priorities.

As many seniors are not able to effectively advocate for their own care, and find it difficult to navigate an increasingly complex patchwork quilt of care providers, a geriatric care manager may be called in as their advocate. My goal is to provide concrete examples of how and where the senior health care system can be improved. Health care practitioners and patients are on the front lines of our health care system and must have a voice at the table during the crafting of the historic health care reform legislation.

My hope is that this information, along with input from other professionals, can empower Congress to enact reform to make health care more accessible and comprehensive for all Americans, especially our senior citizens. Wish me luck!

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