President Obama announced his plan to name Lynnae Ruttledge to the Long Term Care Commission to replace Julian Harris, former Medicaid Director in Massachusetts, who took a position in the federal government. Ms. Ruttledge is the former Commissioner of the Rehabilitation Services Administration and current Co-Vice Chair of the National Council on Disability.
The Commission, created in the American Tax Payer Relief Act of 2012, has held four public hearings and anticipates producing draft recommendations for addressing the need for long term services and supports in the US by September 12. A final report is due September 30. The Arc submitted comments to the Long-Term Care Commission and urges disability advocates to submit comments through the Commission’s website as soon as possible.