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CEO OF LARGEST NURSING HOME IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SAYS A NATIONAL HEALTH CARE PLAN NEEDS TO BE PASSED

 LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- "A national health care plan needs to be passed," says Sheldon Blumenthal, chief executive officer of the Jewish Home for the Aging of Greater Los Angeles and president of the North American Association for Jewish Homes and Housing for the Aging. "We need to embrace the concepts of managed care, contain costs and provide health care coverage for everyone."
 Some 37 million Americans do not have coverage and this needs to be changed, says Blumenthal. "Everyone should have access to health insurance, whether he or she is rich or poor, part-time or full-time, low-skilled or high-skilled. Through managed care, adequate coverage would be available to everyone at a fair price."
 A system also needs to be created which will reduce health care costs. "In the past 10 years the cost of health care has escalated drastically, far surpassing the rise in costs of many other services," says Blumenthal.
 President Clinton is also proposing to shift a greater part of care for the elderly from long-term institutions to home health care. Blumenthal, who oversees the largest nursing home for the elderly in Southern California, feels this is an appropriate move. "It would allow nursing homes to turn their resources and energies to assisting those people who are critically ill or incapacitated."
 By living at home as long as one can, maintains an individual's dignity and sense of worth. "You want to be able to live where you are most familiar and comfortable for as long as possible," says Blumenthal. "Respite care and special rehabilitation units will be available to provide temporary relief for those family members who are responsible for caring for elderly parents or relatives.
 "My greatest concern is Congress debating the plan to death," he says. "It is critical to see that a health care plan of some type is passed. Once that happens, then we can work to refine and improve the plan."
 The Jewish Home for the Aging of Greater Los Angeles is the largest continuing residential care facility for the elderly in Southern California and is a leading national center of geriatric and long-term care research. The North American Association of Jewish Homes and Housing for the Aging represents over 100 nursing homes across the country, located in both rural and urban settings.
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