In his health reform legislation, which is called the Affordable Health Choices Act, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA), included a provision for long-term care that would provide more healthcare options for elderly and disabled individuals who wish to remain in their homes.
The 615-page bill that was filed last week also aims to reduce healthcare costs, make health insurance more affordable, and improve access to quality care.
"Our healthcare system is a crisis for American families and President Obama and members of Congress of both parties recognize the urgency of the problem. Our goal is to strengthen what works and fix what doesn't," said Kennedy, who is chairman of the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Commission. "Much work remains, and the coming days and weeks won't be easy. But we have a unique opportunity to give the American people, at long last, the healthcare they need and deserve."
According to a Senate press release, the five main components of the Affordable Health Choices Act are:
A draft of the Affordable Health Choices Act can be found on the Resources page of MDSCentral.