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The House Build Back Better Bill Makes Historic Changes for Older Adults, But Care Gaps Remain

The Build Back Better social spending bill the House passed this morning includes a long list of important changes aimed at improving the quality of life of older adults. There is much left to be done, and even this bill may be pared back in the Senate. But following the pandemic catastrophe for older adults, it would be significant progress. [...]

By |2021-11-19T15:16:56-05:00November 19th, 2021|long term care reform|0 Comments

Lawsuit Seeks To Overturn Washington State’s Public Long-Term Care Insurance Program

Washington State’s first-in-the-nation public long-term care insurance program is headed to court. A group of employers and workers has sued the state with the goal of getting the law overturned. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of three employers and six workers, argues that the insurance program violates a long list of federal and state laws including the Employee Income Security [...]

By |2021-11-16T13:50:34-05:00November 16th, 2021|long term care reform|1 Comment

House Democrats Restore Paid Family Leave To The Big Social Spending Bill, But For How Long?

After much back-and-forth, House Democrats decided to include a scaled-back version of a family and medical leave plan in their nearly $2 trillion version of the Build Back Better social spending bill. The measure would give families up to four weeks of leave a year to care for relatives who are ill, including those who need long-term personal assistance. The [...]

By |2021-11-05T10:20:17-04:00November 5th, 2021|family caregivers|0 Comments

What Biden’s Latest Build Back Better Plan Means For Older Adults

President Biden’s scaled-down $1.7 trillion Build Back Better social spending and tax plan retains major benefit increases for Medicaid long-term care recipients as well as Medicare enrollees. But it trims more ambitious initiatives and drops an earlier proposal for family and medical leave. Here are key elements of the plan, which likely will change as it works its way through [...]

By |2021-10-29T10:56:26-04:00October 29th, 2021|long term care reform|0 Comments

What Are States Doing With New Federal Funding For Medicaid Home-Based Long-Term Care?

What would you do if the federal government gave you a chunk of $12 billion to spend on Medicaid home and community-based care for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities? That is a real question governors have been wrestling for months. And we now are getting a good sense of the answer: Mostly, they will spend the windfall [...]

By |2021-10-21T09:32:27-04:00October 21st, 2021|Medicaid, Uncategorized|0 Comments

How Making Public Long-Term Care Insurance (Sort Of) Voluntary Created A Mess In Washington State

When Washington State legislators approved a public long-term care (LTC) insurance program in 2019, they made a last-minute change: Residents could opt out if they purchased private LTC coverage by Nov 1, 2021. Those who remained would pay an annual payroll tax surcharge of 0.58 percent starting next year and, in return, be eligible for a public LTC insurance benefit [...]

By |2021-10-06T15:09:24-04:00October 6th, 2021|long-term care insurance|0 Comments

The High Price Family Caregivers Pay

I was a caregiver for my dad. It was extremely rewarding. And incredibly difficult. It was, in fact, the hardest thing I ever have done. Many family care partners pay a high physical, emotional, and financial price for what they do. Now, as Congress is debating major policy changes aimed at making the lives of family caregivers easier, we are [...]

By |2021-10-01T10:35:16-04:00October 1st, 2021|family caregivers|0 Comments

Staff Shortages Are Hammering Long-term Care Facilities, Home Care Agencies, and Families

The shortage of staff in long-term facilities and home care agencies has gone from a problem to a crisis. Three rural nursing homes in Maine close because they cannot hire enough staff to maintain care for patients and residents. A nursing home in Oklahoma shuts its doors due to a staff shortages. Same in Kansas. A new industry survey reports [...]

By |2021-09-22T14:28:34-04:00September 22nd, 2021|long-term care workers, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Is Congress About To Take Historic Steps To Enhance Elder Care?

Not since the 1960s have so many critical policy issues that affect older adults come together in Congress at one time. Over the next few months, lawmakers will decide whether to both increase and fundamentally refocus federal support for older adults and younger people with disabilities. Those reforms would assist those who need long-term services and supports and many healthy [...]

By |2021-09-15T10:38:08-04:00September 15th, 2021|Aging, long term care reform, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Biden’s Vaccine Order Will Require Most, But Not All, Long-Term Care Providers To Get Jabbed

In an attempt to get a handle on the persistent Covid-19 pandemic, President Biden yesterday issued a broad executive order mandating vaccines for a large segment of the US economy, including most of the medical and long-term care industries. His order should give families comfort that most licensed providers, from doctors to home health aides, will be vaccinated. But it [...]

By |2021-09-10T14:52:56-04:00September 10th, 2021|Health Care|0 Comments