Susan Reinhard, RN, Ph.D., FAAN, is a senior vice president at AARP, directing its Public Policy Institute, the focal point for AARP's public policy research and analysis. She also serves as the chief strategist for the Center to Champion Nursing in America, a resource center to ensure the nation has the nurses it needs.

Public Policy Institute’s Thought Leadership on Full Display at Major ASA Conference

On March 26-29, there will be lots of empty desks here at AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI). That’s because many of my colleagues and I will be at the annual American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Aging in America Conference in San Francisco. From a national perspective, the event is an important one for advancing work in virtually all fields related to aging. The conference, which attracts more than 3000 participants from the U.S. and abroad, is a must-attend event every …

Seeding a Culture of Health by Spreading Innovative Ideas

Now that we’re going full throttle on the goals and leading-edge projects of 2018, I’m excited to share with you a few details concerning some important work that accelerated in 2017 and, as a result, promises to continue to bear fruit this year. AARP Public Policy Institute’s Culture of Health initiative is enabling the dissemination of some of the most innovative and usable ideas to foster good health practices in communities across the country. As part of our Culture of …

Promising Practices to Support Community Living For Veterans

Veterans Day provides an opportunity for all of us to thank our military veterans for their service. This time of year is also an appropriate time to increase our awareness of some of the challenges our veterans face. The AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) wants to ensure that our nation’s veterans get the long-term services and supports (LTSS) they need, and do so while remaining in their own communities. As the veteran population ages, the need for these services continues …

Caregiving’s Global Idea Exchange

As I put the finishing touches on this post, I’m making final preparations to travel to Adelaide, the capital city of the Australian state of South Australia. There I’ll present at the 7th annual International Carers Conference. This year the theme of the conference is “Caring into the Future: the new world?” That theme is appropriate for a number of reasons, but as for the world reference, the event serves as a reminder that caregiving is a global topic of …

Not Out of the Woods: Low Density States Will Still Feel the Pain of Massive Medicaid Cuts

The latest attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act poses a major threat to the Medicaid program. The bill under consideration in the Senate, known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, would fundamentally change how Medicaid is financed, shifting costs to states and to Medicaid enrollees. Recent reports suggest that the bill may exempt low density states—those that have less than 15 people per square mile, using data from the U.S. Census Bureau—from some of the cuts to their Medicaid programs during …

Sounding the Alarm: The New Senate Health Care Bill Could Cut $3.2 Trillion from Medicaid by 2036

The latest Senate health reform bill, known as Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson, puts Medicaid back on the chopping block. The proposal would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees, and their families.  New AARP Public Policy Institute projections find that the per enrollee cap proposal in Graham-Cassidy-Heller-Johnson will cut between $1.2 trillion and $3.2 trillion from total (federal and state) Medicaid spending over the 20-year period between 2017 and …