Topics – LTSS / HCBS / PACE


Ballot measure would let voters take stock of LTSS funds

A proposed constitutional amendment on the Nov. 3 ballot in the state of Washington seeks to gain voter approval for public money held in a fund for long-term care services and supports to be invested by the state government, including in private stocks.
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COVID-19 may force positive changes, improved outcomes in senior living

Over the past decade, design trends have been pushing a more progressive, upbeat vision of senior living, one that encourages more independence and social connectivity. Yet the deadly impact of the coronavirus may be forcefully pushing the sector’s design back in the opposite direction, reports an article in Bloomberg Thursday.
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U.S. Treasury task force: Federal government must educate public about LTC costs

The Treasury and other federal agencies should do a better job educating consumers about long-term care and the need to finance it. That’s according to a report released last week by the Federal Interagency Task Force on Long-Term Care Insurance. The analysis, which summarizes two years worth of LTC insurance system review, noted that the Financial Literacy Education Commission should include long-term care planning among its retirement education topics.
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HCBS, caregivers focus of presidential hopeful Cory Booker’s long-term care plan

Changing eligibility for long-term services and supports, expanding access to home- and community-based services, increasing compensation for paid caregivers and finding a way to compensate family caregivers — all are elements of a plan for long-term care unveiled by Sen. Cory Booker, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 election.

‘Replace denial with proposal’ on long-term care, House committee told

Congress must “replace denial with a detailed, bipartisan legislative proposal on long-term care” to address the needs of a growing older population facing high costs for healthcare and housing, Robert Blancato, national coordinator of the Elder Justice Coalition, told the House Ways and Means Committee at a hearing Thursday.

Bipartisan effort probes federal oversight of Medicaid managed LTSS programs

Sept. 13 is the deadline Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Bob Casey (D-PA) on Friday gave to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma and the directors of the eight external quality review organizations that audit Medicaid managed care organizations to answer questions about access and quality of states’ long-term services and supports programs.

Executive order favors HCBS over nursing homes

A new executive order from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf calls for state agencies to find ways to transition older adults from nursing homes to home- and community-based settings. Such settings can include assisted living communities and personal care homes.