Perspectives: California’s Budget – Are Older Adults a Priority?
In this Perspectives, Dr. Chernof reviews what’s missing from Governor Brown’s proposed 2018-2019 budget. It outlined modest adjustments to programs impacting older adults and people with disabilities and focuses on building the financial stability of the state, paying off debt, and strengthening elements of our infrastructure. It fails, however, to outline solutions to the challenges facing California’s older adults and people with disabilities.Date Updated: 01/25/2018
A state’s budget tells a story of priorities. Last week, Governor Brown released the proposed 2018- 2019 budget, which outlined modest adjustments to programs impacting older adults and people with disabilities. While the Governor’s budget focuses on building the financial stability of the state, paying off debt and strengthening elements of our infrastructure, it fails to outline solutions to the challenges facing California’s older adults and people with disabilities.
It is widely known that our state’s population is aging, carrying with it a ripple effect on system financing, service delivery, and the long-term services and supports (LTSS) infrastructure. Almost every major state agency or department plays a role in the service delivery system: health, social services, aging, transportation, housing, veterans affairs, education, and even public safety. Yet
we have no articulated vision and no clear master plan outlining the system goals and priorities, providing little leadership for reform and leaving us with a piecemeal approach to change…
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High quality, cost effective health care delivery is all about targeting – the right care, by the right provider, at the right time, in the right place, and for the right cost. It sounds straightforward, almost easy. The challenge to getting it right is understanding the range of variables in a person’s life that drive health care use and costs. Find out more in this week’s Perspectives.
In this brief, the California Medicaid Research Institute documents its process to acquire and link all the data sources necessary to evaluate long-term care services utilization, costs, and outcomes in California. This provides useful information about how data currently flows in the state and how system transformation can be supported.
Chances are you know and love an older person with needs. Maybe it’s that neighbor of yours whose trash cans you help bring in once a week. Perhaps it’s your grandparent or even a parent who needs help understanding the bills or getting the groceries up the stairs. The reality is the population of older adults in this country is growing rapidly due in large part to the aging of baby boomers – a demographic shift that affects us all. Advancements in health care and technology have also spurred this phenomenon, yet we know that a longer life also brings a greater likelihood of facing multiple chronic health conditions and possibly needing help with everyday activities.