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Stephen Moses and Brian Blase referenced in The Seattle Times – February 22, 2024

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Stephen Moses

Stephen Moses

Visiting Fellow

Stephen Moses is president of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform. The Center promotes universal access to top-quality long-term care by encouraging private financing as an alternative to Medicaid dependency for most Americans. Previously, Mr. Moses was president of the Center for Long- Term Care Financing (1998-2005), Director of Research for LTC, Inc., (1989-98), a senior analyst for the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1987-89), a Medicaid state representative for the Health Care Financing Administration (1978-87), a HHS Departmental Management Intern (1975-78), and a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela (1968-1970). He is widely recognized as an expert and innovator in the field of long-term care.

President at Paragon Health Institute
Brian Blase, Ph.D., is the President of Paragon Health Institute. Brian was Special Assistant to the President for Economic Policy at the White House’s National Economic Council (NEC) from 2017-2019, where he coordinated the development and execution of numerous health policies and advised the President, NEC director, and senior officials. After leaving the White House, Brian founded Blase Policy Strategies and serves as its CEO.

On February 22, 2024, Paragon President Brian Blase and Visiting Fellow Stephen Moses were referenced in The Seattle Times article titled “WA Cares is not the solution for the state’s graying population.”

From the article:

It makes no sense to create a safety net for people not in need of taxpayer help. Medicaid already provides a safety net for people who do. Lawmakers need to reform Medicaid to keep that net strong and end abuse of taxpayer generosity. Medicaid is not LTC insurance and should stop being used as such — especially when research finds that many older people can afford long-term care with their life savings and assets if required to.

Stephen Moses, president of the Center for Long-Term Care Reform, agrees that access to quality long-term care for all could, and should, be accomplished by encouraging private financing instead of Medicaid funding for most Americans. In a recent article, he noted that Americans spent $530 billion on LTC in 2021. A small amount of that — just 12% — was made up of out-of-pocket expenditures or people using their income or savings.

While most people don’t consume their life savings paying for long-term care, despite what Washington state’s marketing campaign for WA Cares suggests, a lot of people do take advantage of Medicaid’s resources. They let other taxpayers pick up the tab for their long-term care.

The full article can be found in The Seattle Times.

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