long-term care

What Are We Willing—and Not Willing—to Do for Mom and Dad?

Posted on 09/18/2013 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingHow do we view our role in taking care of our parents? Are we willing to help them out financially? What about having them move in with us? And, what are our expectations for our own children when we need help? These intriguing questions are addressed in a just-released national, online study. This past June, MORE magazine surveyed 751 adults age 18+ with at least one living parent or guardian. The full story with results will be published online in the coming …

Recommendations of Long-Term Care Commission Show Progress

Posted on 09/13/2013 by |AARP Executive Vice President | Comments

Caregiving | PoliticsThe federal Commission on Long-Term Care voted Sept. 12 on its final recommendations, which will be included in the commission’s final report later this month. AARP is encouraged by the examination of the serious, policy-focused bipartisan recommendations to address our country’s long-term services and supports crisis, which affects millions of people, including older Americans, people with disabilities and their family caregivers. While the recommendations are far from perfect, they show progress in seeking solutions to this crisis. Importantly, we are …

Medicare Does Not Pay for Long-Term Care

Posted on 08/22/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteMany consumers and policymakers mistakenly believe that Medicare — the federal health insurance program for people age 65 and older and some younger people with disabilities — pays for long-term care. It does not, as stated in the official Medicare handbook. Millions of Medicare enrollees must pay for long-term care services (such as personal assistance at home, assisted living, and nursing home care) entirely from their own income and savings. Confusion often stems from misinterpretation of coverage provided by Medicare’s …

Home- and Community-Based Services: The Right Place and the Right Time

Posted on 08/19/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteAs evidenced at a recent hearing of the federal Commission on Long-Term Care, broad support is building: It’s time to end Medicaid’s “institutional bias.” It’s not rational that Medicaid entitles eligible individuals to be placed in nursing homes, while limiting their ability to receive services at home. On average, the Medicaid program can serve about three older people or adults with physical disabilities with home- and community-based services (HCBS) for the cost of putting one in a nursing home. Moreover, …

Health Homes: Who Knew?

Posted on 07/31/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteA 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 Seize Opportunities to Improve Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports

Posted on 07/16/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteIncreasing State Interest in Affordable Care Act Options that Impact LTSS Populations   A new study by the AARP Public Policy Institute finds that many states are moving to take advantage of new financial incentives to improve delivery of home- and community-based services (HCBS) to people who need long-term services and supports (LTSS). Medicaid, the largest source of public funding for LTSS, gives states many options for providing HCBS. While states are not required to provide HCBS, all states provide at …