Celebrating Medicare: Strengthening the Program for the Next 50 Years

On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Medicare program into law. Today, we celebrate 50 years of Medicare providing affordable, guaranteed health care to millions of Americans — but we also look toward its future. We must recommit ourselves to keeping this vital lifeline strong for current and future generations. It’s easy to forget what life was like for older Americans before Medicare was enacted. Back in 1965, only about 1 in 4 Americans over age 65 …

Health Homes: Who Knew?

A new model of care called “health homes” is quietly spreading through many states, as Medicaid programs work to improve care for people with chronic conditions. The problem: Few people know what health homes are – or worse, they confuse them with home health services. What are health homes? Health homes are not a place (even though “home” is in the term). They represent an approach in which providers or health teams coordinate care across settings for people with chronic …

States Move to Coordinate Care for Medicare, Medicaid

By Wendy Fox-Grage I have been studying long-term services and supports (LTSS) across the nation for nearly 20 years, so it is hard to surprise me. However, whenever 34 states take on major new initiatives aimed at cutting costs and  improving care, I take notice, especially given that most of these efforts will occur within the next two years! A recent study shows two-thirds of states have or are planning initiatives to better coordinate care for people who are eligible …