can help their employees reduce financial risk with The United States
Conference of Mayors Long-Term Care Program
May 15, 2000
To help municipal
employees prepare for the future, city benefits and human resource departments
across the country are reviewing their programs. Wrestling with an aging
workforce, businesses and other interest groups are pressuring Congress for
legislation to address the long-term care needs of the public. Even so, those
close to the issue feel the solutions under consideration will not be
sufficient protection against the potentially high costs of this type of care.
To address the concerns of
cities and their employees, the Conference has introduced a quality Long-Term
Care Program. "Now that I am retiring, I can especially appreciate the
critical importance of providing this benefit. Cities need to seriously
consider long-term care for their employees," Mayor Sam Campana of
Scottsdale, Arizona commented when discussing the Conference's program.
Long-Term Care Program is one initiative mayors can support to promote the
economic well-being of municipal employees and to sustain the economic
infrastructure of cities. "High costs of health care are a concern for all,"
says Pam Gardner, Risk Manager, City of Boca Raton.
Long-Term Care Program is one benefits package that goes beyond the
traditional skilled nursing facility care. It includes home care, assisted
living facility care, and adult day care, providing assistance for such daily
living activities as eating, dressing, and bathing.
A December 1998 report
by the Health Insurance Association of America offers some sobering statistics
on why such insurance is crucial:
The Conference is taking
steps to identify cities that can benefit most from this type of program and
are interested in learning more.
A number of cities have
expressed a desire to know more about long-term care, but are challenged by
time in evaluating this important type of coverage for their employees. The
Conference has worked with the program's insurance carrier and program
administrator to provide two-hour seminars to meet the cities' information
The presentations offer an
great overview, ample time for questions, and attendees receive a working
packet of information they can use immediately to evaluate, plan and introduce
their cities' long-term care initiatives.
"The format of the
program is excellent. The commonality of cities coming together with their
colleagues in a small group to share information about long-term care and
strategies for introducing it into the cities made it a productive session,"
says Fagan Stackhouse, Director of Virginia Beach's Human Resources
Regina Hilliard, Benefits
Administrator of Virginia Beach states, "A lot people have only a vague idea
of long-term care…The whole concept is laid out. This was really helpful."
If your city is interested
in knowing more about this program and the seminars, please call Lilla Hammond
on the Conference staff at 888-828-8763 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.