Lt. Gov. Dan Mongiardo's Communications Office
Lieutenant Governor, Federal Official, Announce Long-Term Care Planning Campaign

Press Release Date:  Friday, November 13, 2009  
Contact Information:  Valeria Cummings

‘Own Your Future’ by Planning Ahead

FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Lieutenant Governor Daniel Mongiardo today kicked off a state-federal partnership to encourage Kentuckians age 45 to 65 to plan for their futures.

The “Own Your Future” campaign offers Kentuckians tools to assist them in planning for their long-term care (LTC) needs. The announcement was made at Rose Mary C. Brooks Place, a retirement and assisted living community in Winchester, Ky.  Lt. Gov. Mongiardo urged Kentuckians in the target population to start planning now.

“About 70 percent of people older than 65 will need some long-term care services at some point in their lives,” said Mongiardo. “Contrary to what many people believe, Medicare and private health insurance programs do not pay for the majority of long-term care services. You must plan now to be able to receive the care you might need later.”

LTC includes a broad range of services that people need as they age or if they are disabled. The majority of these services are personal care, or assistance with activities of daily living that many families are able to provide at little or no cost. As care and support needs increase, paid care is usually needed to supplement family-provided services and supports or to provide respite to family caregivers. In some cases, individuals may need more extensive services provided in a facility, such as a nursing home or assisted living community.

“There is no such thing as planning too early for your older years,” said Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Secretary Janie Miller. “I strongly encourage Kentuckians to request the free ‘Own Your Future’ materials to help them plan for their long-term care needs.”

The “Own Your Future” campaign began last month with a mass mailing targeted at Kentuckians in the specified age range. The mailing includes a letter from Gov. Steve Beshear and a brochure that explains the importance of long-term care planning and offers options for more information.

For example, one can request Kentucky’s own long-term care planning kit by returning a pre-paid postcard included in the mailing, calling 1-866-PLAN-LTC, or requesting it online at The kit is free and available in hard copy format and on compact disc, or can be downloaded online.

“Although many people live long and healthy lives, health problems can increase as we age,” said Renard Murray, regional administrator for the Atlanta and Dallas Regions of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “A long-term care plan will help you control how you’ll live in your later years. It will also help avert an unnecessary crisis for you and your family.”

Health and Human Services has partnered with 22 other states on the “Own Your Future” campaign. Kentucky’s campaign is administered through a grant awarded to the Department for Aging and Independent Living, part of CHFS.