Pete Buttigieg stated he has long-term plans for assisted living communities to establish a federal standard. The standards would include a balanced ratio of residence and staffed personnel of communities, as well as yearly inspections and the availability of mental health clinicians.
Buttigieg released a 19-page plan titled “Dignity and Security in Retirement” that stated, “Residential care communities have grown into humane alternative living options compared to nursing homes over the last 20 to 30 years. Developing into a multi-billion dollar industry with more than 800,000 people being housed. However, the industry lacks state and federal standards for quality.”
As a candidate for the 2020 Democratic party, his plan is to implement federal standards, adding “currently, some states are not required to report abuse or death of residents for weeks. Other states allow staff members that do not have the proper training to become caregivers. Some do not require a clinician of the staff.”
Pete Buttigieg is also the mayor for the city of South Bend, IN., at the present time. While there are some aspects in the plan that he has made that will probably go over very well with most senior living providers.
The Following Are Included in The Plans:
- Those who are 65 years of age and over that are eligible and in need of assistance with at least two of their daily activities to receive $90 per day in benefits for long-term support and service are needed, including the off-set for the cost towards assisted living, which is through the program referred to as Long–Term Care America.
- ‘Long-Term Care America’ will cover the majority of any catastrophic long- term cost of care, and Buttigieg even stated in his proposed plans that, “this is going to make it more feasible for insurers to provide long-term coverage for those in need of care at a lower level.
- As part of the new standards, there will be an increase to $15 dollars per hour and this would be the federal minimum wage, including those who work directly with the residents, and it will be because of inflation.
- The new plan will allow greater opportunities, including training programs for anyone who is wanting to get a position as a direct care worker. Additionally, creating the local “Community Renewal Visa,” letting various communities invite caregivers who may be immigrants and give them the ability to live at work.
- Implement a National Direct Care Workforce Standard Board for working with the Department of Health and Human Services regarding problems with direct care services, such as benefits, compensation, rate-setting recommendations, recruitment, training, credentialing, and turnover rates.
- Opt for the funding increase for Long-term Care Ombudsman programs and Adult Protective Service programs,which can allow for further investigations of exploitation, neglect, and abuse within nursing homes, and assisted living communities, as well as in other settings.
- Permanently extend spousal impoverishment protections to stop spouses from losing income or homes when the partner needs Medicaid LTSS.
- Raise the eligibility maximum asset limits for Medicaid LTSS to $10,000 from $2,000 which is based on figures from 2019 and then raise the income limit to $2,313 from $771.
- Create permanent coverage of community and home-based services through Medicaid.
Plans for long-term care have been introduced by Cory Booker, US senator of New Jersey, Amy Klobuchar, US Senator of Minnesota, and Joe Biden, former vice president from Delaware, all who are Democratic presidential nomination contenders. Potential candidates Senator Bernie Sanders from Vermont and Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts have shared long-term care proposals, namely Medicare For All. Furthermore, Michael Bennett,contender for Democratic nomination, has said his plan for healthcare “supports caregivers and seniors.”
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