July 20, 2021
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We’re excited to share that the recommendations released by Convergence’s Long-Term Care Financing Collaborative several years ago have gained new traction on Capitol Hill.  

In 2016, the ideologically diverse Collaborative proposed consensus reforms advocating the creation of a public-private, insurance-based financing system to help people of all incomes afford the long-term care supports and services that are critical to aging independently. The Collaborative has continued to develop and shepherd its ideas over the last few years. 

In April 2021, the debate over how to revamp long-term care was reignited when President Biden proposed allocating $400 billion to increase access to care for older adults. Both The New York Times and The Washington Post cited the Collaborative’s proposal as an idea garnering attention in Washington. Now, legislation has been introduced to create a new universal catastrophic long-term care insurance program based on the Collaborative’s recommendation. 
  • Learn more about the “WISH Act” (HR 4289), authored by Congressman Tom Suozzi (D-NY), in The Hill Op-Ed  
Convergence also launched a new dialogue this month, Reimagining Care for Older Adults, which builds on the Collaborative. The dialogue will further explore the dozens of innovations, featured in two new Convergence reports, that would help older adults thrive at home and strengthen the direct care workforce.  
We're also delighted to see the progress the House Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress has made. Over the last few weeks, the Committee has held three hearings examining how civility and collaboration can combat the high levels of polarization in Congress. Members were captivated by the testimony of Amanda Ripley, author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, who explained the difference between “high conflict"—dehumanizing and destructive—and “good conflict,” which is essential for our democracy to function.

Don't miss her testimony below!  

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Amanda Ripley: "High Conflict" vs "Good Conflict"
Watch Amanda Ripley, author of High Conflict: Why We Get Trapped and How We Get Out, explain the difference between good conflict that is “fueled by relationships and curiosity” and high conflict that is “fueled by ‘conflict entrepreneurs,’ people who exploit conflict for their own ends.”
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Convergence Recognizes Rep. Andy Barr
 At our June Leadership Council meeting, Convergence recognized Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) with our 2021 Convergence Award for Extraordinary Leadership in Bridge-Building. Rep. Barr, a co-chair of the Bipartisan Working Group, has spent years building bipartisan collaboration.  

“By listening, dialoguing, and intentionally and deliberately engaging in that listening and back and forth, we often do find overlapping interests. I think it’s the process that’s so important. Convergence has facilitated that process for us, and we thank you for that,” Barr said. 

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