States with high-performing long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems have one thing in common: a commitment to long-range master plans to guide policy and fiscal investments
Rebalancing the the long-term services and supports system away from an over-reliance on nursing homes and making choices available for individuals of all incomes and abilities means they get to decide how and where they want to live as they age.
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Minnesota has put a number of foundational strategies in place to meet the needs of older adults while managing the growth in our programs
Medicaid benefits many low-income Medicare beneficiaries, children, and people with disabilities, but new policies could cause beneficiaries to lose their coverage if they can't comply with the requirements
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The 10th edition of the Across the States: Profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports has been recently released
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It’s hard to believe a year has passed since the AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) released its third Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard. The interactive tool measures state performance for creating a high-quality system of care and improving services for older adults and people with physical disabilities, as well as their family caregivers. It encompasses everything from the availability of home and community-based services to access to transportation within a community.
As more than 3,000 leaders and professionals in the field of aging gather in San Francisco for the 2018 Aging in America conference, addressing the needs of the aging population and the number of people living with disabilities will be top of mind. That’s more important than ever.
The New Year offers us the opportunity to start anew. We make plans to hit the gym, sleep more, and eat healthier. We commit to spending more time with family and friends rather than merely clicking likes and posting comments on Facebook or sending emojis via text. We resolve to save more and stress less.  Many of us even create plans with specific strategies to increase the odds we’ll be successful in reaching our goals.
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.”
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).
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