Happy Festivus…

Good morning, ProviderNation.

Compliments of the season and all that.

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, is getting some ink after the Select Committee on Aging held hearings on what to do about long term care costs. Americans spent $200 billion on long term care in 2011 alone. That’ll double by 2050.

“So many of us are living longer, more and more Americans need long term care, and that need is only going to soar,” the Portland Press-Herald quotes her as saying.

Collins has reason for concern, the paper says:

“Long term care challenges are especially acute in Maine, which is the oldest state based on median age (43.5 years) and the second-oldest based on proportion of people age 65 and older (17 percent). Maine also has the highest proportion of baby boomers—29 percent of its 1.3 million residents were born between 1946 and 1964.”

In other news, the Chicago Tribune has some thoughts on cutting through the red tape of your friendly neighborhood long term care insurer; what tangled webs they weave (all right, knit) in South Carolina; and there’s a cute nursing home dog in Australia.

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