Federal Commission on Long-Term Care Names Bruce A. Chernof as Chair, Mark Warshawsky as Vice-Chair, First Meeting Scheduled June 27th

Fifteen member commission created by fiscal cliff law tasked with advising Congress on long-term care reform

Washington, DCThe newly created federal Commission on Long-Term Care has elected a Chair and Vice Chair, and has scheduled its first meeting for June 27th.  Bruce A. Chernof will serve as Commission Chair, with Mark Warshawsky serving as Vice Chair.  The Commission was created by the American Taxpayer Relief Act – the so-called “fiscal-cliff” law – to advise Congress on how long-term care can be better provided and financed for the nation’s older adults and people with disabilities, now and in the future. 

 “I am humbled to have been elected chair of this commission by my fellow appointees,” said Dr. Chernof.  “The work that lies ahead of us over the next few months will be critical in transforming our nation’s system of care so that all Americans can age with dignity, choice, and independence.”

 Dr. Warshawsky said, “I look forward to working with Bruce and all my fellow commissioners on a consensus basis to see if we can identify means to improve our nation’s current approach to financing and providing long-term care, including ways to encourage most households to plan for their likely needs in old age.”

 The bi-partisan commission consists of 15 appointees – nine picks from Democratic Congressional leadership and the White House as well as six from Republican leadership.  Their charge from Congress under the current legislation is to report with a “plan for the establishment, implementation, and financing of a comprehensive, coordinated, and high-quality system that ensures the availability of long-term services and supports for individuals in need.”

 The other appointees to the commission are: Javaid Anwar, Judith Brachman, Laphonza Butler, Henry Claypool, Judith Feder, Stephen Guillard, Julian Harris, Chris Jacobs, Neil Pruitt, Carol Raphael, Judith Stein, Grace-Marie Turner, and George Vradenburg.