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Bruce Chernof to lead new LTC Commission

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The government has set up the Federal Commission on Long-Term Care required by the American Taxpayer Relief Act.

The first chair will be Bruce Chernof, and the first vice chair will be Mark Warshawsky.

Chernof is the president of the SCAN Foundation — a nonprofit foundation created by a nonprofit health insurer that works to provide “all inclusive” care for Medicare enrollees — and the foundation put out the announcement of the start of the panel.

In the past, Chernof was regional medical director for California Health Programs at Health Net, a California managed care company.

Warshawsky is director of retirement research at Towers Watson.

The other members of the 15-member 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
  • George Vrandenburg

The commission will meet for the first time June 27, officials said.

Members of Congress created the commission to fill the gap left the official repeal of the CLASS Act, a provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that was supposed to create a voluntary long-term care benefits program for workers.

Critics of the program said the program — which would have been open to workers who already suffered from severe disabilities — would have been financially unsustainable, and officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) eventually agreed that they could not guarantee the long-term solvency of the program.

Members of Congress allocated control over appointments to committee seats to the White House and to the minority and majority leaders in the House and the Senate.

Nine of the members were picked by the White House or congressional Democrats, and six by Republicans, officials said.

The committee is supposed to try to develop 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.”

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