At some point in their lives, roughly 52 percent of individuals turning 65 will require long-term care (LTC), a range of services that assist with the basic personal tasks of everyday life. Individuals of all ages with disabilities are also more likely to demand long-term care supports. At present, there is not a prevalent or comprehensive LTC insurance system, and the public holds misconceptions about what necessary services and supports are covered under Medicare and Medicaid. The result is that a majority of care is voluntarily provided by family members, partners, or friends, which puts a tremendous financial and emotional strain on millions of Americans. This webinar oriented audience members to the current landscape of the long-term care delivery system, its funding mechanisms, and the state and federal legislation that model this system. Panelists discussed and offered insights about potential solutions to create an accessible and financially sustainable long-term care system.
- Jean Accius, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Thought Leadership and International Affairs, AARP
- Camille Dobson, MPA, Deputy Executive Director, ADvancing States
- Maureen Hewitt, MHA, President and Chief Executive Officer, InnovAge
- Anne Montgomery, M.S., Deputy Director, Program to Improve Eldercare, Altarum
- Rachana Pradhan, States Reporter, POLITICO (moderator)
The Alliance for Health Policy gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM) for this event.