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Act Now to Gain A Voice on the Long Term Care Commission

Nothing About Us Without Us 2012 signThree more appointments to the Long Term Care Commission have been made by Congress.

So far, a dozen people have been appointed. These include doctors, policy experts, a union leader, and nursing facility / assisted living representatives. A number have expertise in aging services.

  • None represent the disability community.
  • None use attendant services.
  • None represent the point of view that this is a civil rights issue.

Act Now!

The President has the final three appointments. Tell him to appoint representatives from ADAPT and NCIL, who would bring our unique perspective as well as decades of experience working on these issues! 

Background on the Most Recent Appointees

The Chair, on behalf of the Republican Leader, pursuant to Public Law 112-240, appointed the following as members of the Commission on Long-Term Care: Bruce D. Greenstein of Louisiana; Neil L. Pruitt of Georgia; and Mark J. Warshawsky of Maryland.

  • Bruce D. Greenstein is the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. He has extensive experience in the health care field, having worked in both the private and public sector. On the state level, Bruce worked for Governor Lawton Chiles in Florida leading the design and administration of health care programs. On the federal level, he served as Associate Regional Administrator and Director of Waivers and Demonstrations in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where he oversaw the state Medicaid programs and led the federal government’s Medicaid state reform efforts. Most recently, he served as the managing director of worldwide health for Microsoft Corp. Bruce enjoys combining his technological knowledge and health care experience in his role as DHH Secretary.
  • Neil L. Pruitt, Jr. is Chairman and Chief Executive officer of UHS-Pruitt Corporation, an integrated health care company offering independent and assisted living, skilled nursing services, rehabilitation services, home health and hospice care as well as pharmacy services, community-based services, medical supplies and care management. Regent Pruitt also serves as the Chair of the Board of Governors of the American Health Care Association. He is a recognized leader in the health care profession and is a member of The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, a board member of the United Hospice Foundation and past Chairman of the Georgia Health Care Association.
  • Mark J. Warshawsky was sworn in as Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy on March 18, 2004. The Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy is advisor to the Treasury Secretary and the Deputy Secretary on all aspects of economic policy. His office is responsible for reporting on current and prospective macroeconomic developments and assisting in the determination of appropriate economic policies. His office is also responsible for the review and analysis of domestic microeconomic issues and developments in the financial markets. Warshawsky was previously the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Policy, Microeconomic Analysis, at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, a position he held since January 2002. He directed research to assist in the formulation and articulation of public policies and positions of the Treasury Department and the Administration on a wide range of economic issues. These issues included terror risk insurance, financial reporting, pensions, health spending, retirement income security, long-term care, and various aspects of specific industries and sectors of the economy. He also represented the Treasury Secretary, Managing Trustee of the Social Security and Medicare Trust Funds, in preparation of the Trustees’ Reports.

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