Long-Term Care Demands on the Rise in the U.S.
A new report from the AARP Public Policy Institute, National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD), and Health Management Associates (HMA) highlights challenges that states will have in providing long-term care services and supports (LTSS) in the future.
Essentially, the report says that as the number of elderly Americans increases substantially over the next few decades, few states have indicated increasing funding for non-Medicaid services like senior centers, information, transportation, and support for caregivers.
States still recovering from the recent recession, especially those in the South and Western U.S., are faced with revenue shortfalls, but also an increased demand for help with aging and disability, leaving them struggling to do more with less.
Even so, according to the report, reforms are under way to transform the financing and delivery of LTSS. This means that many states are restructuring agencies that administer aging and disability services so that they can eventually provide comprehensive plans that integrate LTSS options with Medicaid and the forthcoming American Care Act.
Unsurprisingly, the study found Nebraska and Iowa–two states that recovered swiftly from the recession–both to be in relatively stable positions to provide adequate LTSS services as needed in the future. Click here to read or download the entire 47 page report.
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