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AAPD Praises the Selection of Henry Claypool to the Commission on Long-Term Care

WASHINGTON, DC – AAPD is pleased to announce the selection of Henry Claypool, Executive Vice President of AAPD, by President Obama to serve as a member of the Commission on Long-Term Care. Claypool has extensive personal and professional experience with long-term care issues. Prior to joining AAPD in January of 2013, Claypool served as the Senior Advisor to Health and Human Services Secretary Sebelius, on Disability Policy and helped create an agency dedicated to the long-term care needs of seniors and people with disabilities – the Administration for Community Living. His distinguished career in public service includes providing services at the community level and working with state government to improve access to community based long-term services and supports.

As a college student, Claypool sustained a spinal cord injury in a snow skiing accident; resulting in paralysis. Claypool’s personal experience, coupled with his years of public service, has fostered a deep, personal commitment to ensuring that all Americans are able to access the services and supports they need to lead productive and fulfilling lives.

“Long-term services and supports are vital to ensuring that people with disabilities are able to live independent, productive lives in their communities.” said Mark Perriello, AAPD President and CEO, “Henry is a powerful advocate for those Americans that rely on long-term services and supports. His expertise shaping public policy on these issues makes him the right person to serve on this Commission.”

The Commission on Long-Term Care is responsible for developing a comprehensive and coordinated plan to ensure long-term supports and services for people with disabilities. The Commission will address the interaction of a long-term services and support system with existing programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, and private long-term care insurance.

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