The Claude Pepper Center is dedicated to keeping Sen. Pepper’s vision of America and sense of moral purpose central to the nation’s public life. The Pepper Center intends to achieve this mission through research, policy analysis, public information, educational and advocacy initiatives focusing on health care, long-term health care,and retirement security for older Americans and citizens of other countries.
Our major advocacy initiates are focused on:
- Preserving and strengthening the role of the non profit aging network in the Medicaid long-term care system.
- Supporting the expansion of the Green House and other small house alternatives to the traditional, large nursing home design.
- Enhancing the regulatory framework for assisted living facilities with a focus on quality of life standards.
- Increasing pay and benefits for paid caregivers in long-term care programs.
- Implementing a mandatory federal social insurance program for long-term care services, including possibly through the Medicare program.
- Increasing Social Security benefits to compensate for erosion of retirement programs in the private sector.
- Reducing the amount of money spent out of pocket for Medicare covered health care services.
Information on many of our projects and related topics can be found throughout this website.