On January 26, California Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara announced six appointments to the state’s new Long Term Care Insurance Task Force. The Task Force was established after the passage of AB 567 and is tasked with, among others, exploring the feasibility of developing and implementing a culturally competent statewide public insurance program for long-term care services and support. More information on the Task Force can be found here. California’s efforts appear to follow a recent trend of policymakers exploring or implementing public programs aimed at long-term care services, including Washington State’s Long Term Care Trust Act and some of the ideas recently discussed at the Federal level, including by U.S. Rep. Thomas R. Suozzi (D-NY).
In California, the Task Force will be composed of fifteen voting members from various industry sectors impacting the long-term care insurance marketplace. Commissioner Lara’s appointments include representatives of in-home healthcare providers, nursing and hospice facilities, and labor unions. The Task Force’s report on the establishment of a long-term care insurance program is due to the Governor and Legislature by January 1, 2023.
We’ll continue to monitor the Task Force and report back on any developments.