Government advisors to deal with long term care
January 30, 2008
A committee chaired by Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder has been named to make recommendations by October 1, 2008 to Governor Matt Blunt and the General Assembly regarding the long care needs of Missourians.

"Moving successfully through life requires advanced planning," Blunt said. "The Comprehensive Entry Point System for Long Term Care committee will help ensure Missourians, needing help today or planning for their future, have access to information that will alleviate worrying about finances and quality of life. Planning now for needed long term care can provide for peace of mind, independence, and financial security tomorrow."

The Comprehensive Entry Point System for Long Term Care is a subcommittee of the MO HealthNet Oversight Committee. In addition to advising the Departments of Health and Senior Services and Social Services regarding the long term care needs of Missourians, the committee will establish a recommendation for a system that is easy to navigate for Missourians with questions about their own long term care needs.

Named to the committee are: Joseph J. Brinker, 45, of St. Louis, executive vice president and chief operating officer for Bethesda Health Group, Inc.; Dorothy K. Knowles, 61, of Buffalo, executive director of the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging; Melanie F. Markham, 55, of Ozark, owner and chief executive officer of Access Home Health Agency, Inc.; Philip R. Melugin, 43, of Springfield, president and owner of Integrity Home Care; and Nancy L. Morrow-Howell, Ph.D., 55 of St. Louis, a professor at Washington University.

No one was named from the Joplin area.

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