Perspectives: Leading California’s System Transformation

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The California Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care released a report with recommendations on how California can transform its long-term care system. Read Dr. Bruce Chernof’s latest Perspectives on three of the report’s recommendations state lawmakers should focus on in the new legislative session.

Date Updated: 01/22/2015

Last month, California entered another two-year legislative cycle, with almost 40 new lawmakers arriving in Sacramento ready to tackle pressing issues facing our state. As the state’s population over the age of 65 continues to grow, the beginning of a new legislative session is a timely reminder of the need to transform our long-term services and supports (LTSS) system to ensure that all Californians can age with dignity and independence.

The Senate Select Committee on Aging and Long-Term Care, chaired by Senator Carol Liu (D-Glendale), just released a report featuring 30 recommendations to create an “ideal” long-term care delivery system for the state. Ranging from governmental reorganization to a rededication to building a sustainable infrastructure to meet the needs of the state’s aging population, the report is a valuable roadmap for moving from ideas to action…


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