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Donald L. Redfoot, Ph.D., has been a strategic policy advisor with the AARP Public Policy Institute for 18 years, conducting and supervising policy research on: financing options for long-term services and supports; trends in disability, institutional care, and family caregiving; and international comparisons of long-term care systems.

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The Good News About Medicaid Costs and an Aging Population

Posted on 06/28/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteDealing with disability in old age can cost a lot of money. As a result, Medicaid has been an important safety net program for those who exhaust their life savings. Some observers worry that projected growth in the older population could greatly increase Medicaid expenditures while others are concerned that too many well-off older people shirk their personal responsibility and rely on Medicaid to pay for long-term services and supports (LTSS). The good news is that Medicaid use by older …

Middle-Class Security Late in Life

Posted on 06/3/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteGreater longevity is a measure of enormous progress for older Americans. But greater longevity has also created new challenges.  Particularly troubling is what happens to middle-class security for Americans who reach advanced old age. Think tanks, academic research centers, and journalists are generating mountains of reports on the plight of the middle class. Political leaders from across the ideological spectrum speak of the importance of restoring middle class security.  However, these discussions have largely focused on the problems with attaining middle-class …

Medicaid: Program of Last Resort

Posted on 05/30/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteMost people don’t think of themselves as potential welfare recipients. But seven out of ten people who reach the age of 65 will need long-term services and supports (LTSS) during their lives, and three in ten will eventually rely on Medicaid to pay a significant share of the costs of their care. Do these numbers reflect declining willingness of Americans to help their own families in a time of need? Are we becoming a nation of people unwilling to take …