Action Needed: Urge Members of Congress to Support the Long-Term Care Act Affordability Act
Legislation has been introduced to reform the Tax Code in an effort to make long-term care insurance more affordable and accessible for older adults. H.R. 7107, introduced by Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), and S. 2415, introduced by Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), will allow individuals to use existing retirement accounts to pay for long-term insurance – a commonsense change to enhance financial security in retirement.
Specifically, the Long-Term Care Affordability Act will permit individuals to pay up to $2,500 each year for long-term care insurance with their 401(k)s, 403(b)s and IRAs without a 10 percent early-withdrawal penalty.
Contact your legislators today by clicking the link below and urge them to co-sponsor H.R. 7107 and S. 2415 to make long-term care insurance more accessible and affordable. Once you click on the link, a form with your support will pop-up and your legislator will be prepopulated. You just have to click send.
Tell Congress to Support the Long-Term Care Affordability Act!
NC Lawmakers Hear Support for Medicaid Expansion
The NC General Assembly bipartisan joint committee studying Medicaid expansion had a lesson in big numbers a week ago during their last meeting.
Millions and billions of state and federal dollars that could have been saved or put to other uses by extending the benefit to some 500,000 North Carolinians who could qualify for Medicaid if NC had taken the same action 38 other states did. Instead, NC has been paying 26% for the care given to the 200,000 people currently enrolled.
Rurual Healthcare Providers Feel the Pain of the “Medicaid Gap”
While thousands of North Carolinians struggle to keep their health in check, healthcare providers across the state are being pushed to their limits as people with no coverage flood their offices.
North Carolina is one of only 12 states that still haven’t expanded their Medicaid coverage. With almost 2.7 million North Carolina residents already enrolled in Medicaid, up to 626,000 are now in what is called the Medicaid coverage gap.
Hot Debate in NC on Allowing Advanced Practice Nurses to Provide Care without Doctor Supervision
The legislative committee considering Medicaid expansion and access to health care in North Carolina took up the contentious issue of allowing nurses with advanced degrees diagnose illnesses and prescribe medicine without doctor supervision.