Time to Reauthorize the Older Americans Act

High-profile issues that make daily headlines currently are occupying much of Congress’s attention. Yet one important issue is receiving little to no attention: the Older Americans Act. If Congress does not act, this legislation, which was last reauthorized for three years, will expire on September 30. Since 1965, the Older Americans Act has been a safety net for older adults who are generally ages 60 and older. The Act is best known for funding congregate meals at group sites and …

AARP Shares Promising Practices and Emerging Innovations through the Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard

In our seminal 2017 Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) State Scorecard, we issued a call to action to “pick up the pace of change.” To help accelerate LTSS reforms, we have released a series of Promising Practices and Emerging Innovations reports that provide real-world solutions. Promising practices papers feature LTSS programs and policies from states that perform well or have improved over time on a Scorecard measure. Scorecard emerging innovations papers highlight what LTSS solutions states and organizations are developing, …

Across the States: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports

A major demographic shift is happening. The ages 85+ population is projected to triple between 2015 and 2050. In comparison, the population younger than age 65 will increase by only 12 percent. The growth of the 85+ age group is projected to significantly outpace all other groups once baby boomers begin turning age 85 in 2031, marking the beginning of boomer-driven 85+ population growth for the following two decades. That has significant implications. The 85+ cohort is the most likely …

4 Reasons to Watch State Legislatures in 2018

Simmering issues important to all older Americans and their families, like health and financial security, may escalate to a full boil in many state Capitols in 2018.Facing these challenges and opportunities head-on, AARP is already exhaustively at work throughout the country, fighting for the issues that matter and driving an innovative agenda focused on commonsense solutions without the clutter of partisanship.Last year, AARP State Offices achieved huge successes, including new supports for family caregivers, greater access to home and community …

Hanging in the Balance: The High Cost of Long-Term Services and Supports

I recently had the opportunity to participate on a panel sponsored by Genworth that turned out to be a truly candid and oftentimes personal discussion on an emerging crisis. The topic: “Solving America’s Long-Term Care Crisis: What We Can Do Now to Fix the $750 Billion Program.” In what way was the panel candid and personal? Much of it had to do with cost. Every day across the United States, millions of families sit at kitchen tables grappling with the …

CMS Report Confirms Medicaid Cuts Would Jeopardize Critical Services and Long-Term Program Stability

The proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA) would make significant changes to the Medicaid program, which serves as a critical safety net for millions of people who deplete their life savings and turn to Medicaid for assistance as their ability to care for themselves declines. The bill would repeal the Medicaid expansion and implement a capped financing model for states. According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the AHCA would cut $834 billion from the Medicaid program through fiscal …