We live in a world of innovation. New technology is changing how we connect with friends, learn, work, play—and even obtain health care. Telehealth, a set of tools both old and new, allows clinicians and home-based patients to communicate with each other via video-conference, email, or just an old-fashioned telephone call. Newer tools enable clinicians to receive clients’ data (e.g., vital signs) and assess their status through remote monitoring devices.
En español | When people talk about family caregivers, Millennials are not always part of the conversation. Yet as the report Caregiving in the U.S. 2015 found, close to 1 in 4 family caregivers (24%) are Millennials.
Getting our research off the page and into policy and practice is a critical component of the Public Policy Institute’s work. We know that in order to help older adults, family caregivers of all ages and the professionals who support them, we need to back up our facts and research findings with concrete action steps.
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 2036 (see table 1 below).
The recently released Senate bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), puts Medicaid on the chopping block. By limiting Medicaid cost growth to medical inflation through 2024 and general inflation from 2025 and beyond, the bill will lead to major, harmful reductions in both federal and state Medicaid spending. Even the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office determined that Medicaid spending under the BCRA would be 26 percent lower in 2026 than it would be under current law, and the gap would widen to about 35 percent by 2036. This significant cut to the program will have negative impacts on older adults, adults with disabilities, and individuals and families who rely on Medicaid to meet their health care and long-term services and supports needs.
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