Pacesetter Prize

We created the Pacesetter Prize in 2017 to honor states making significant progress in improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) for older adults, people with disabilities, and family caregivers. Through this Prize, we examine and promote activities in states whose policies have positive, measurable impact on its residents.

The Prize shines light on states that are actively building a high-quality infrastructure for aging Americans, and shares state best practices to maximize learning and adoption by other states. Using data from the AARP LTSS State Scorecard, the Pacesetter Prize is currently awarded in four Scorecard dimensions.

2020

Connecticut

Connecticut is a proven national leader and moved up from No. 10 in the 2017 LTSS State Scorecard to No. 6 in 2020, exhibiting more improvement in Affordability and Access than any other state.

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New Jersey

New Jersey exhibited more progress in Choice of Setting and Provider than any other state, improving from No. 36 in 2017 to No. 19 in 2020. It moved from No. 17 to No. 12 in overall performance.

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New York

New York continues to innovate and create a more robust LTSS system, improving in four of five measures and ranking No. 5 in the country in the Support for Family Caregivers dimension.

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Ohio

Ohio’s overall rank in the LTSS State Scorecard rose from No. 34 in 2017 to No. 19 in 2020. Across all states, it was the most improved in the dimension of Effective Transitions.

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The current LTSS State Scorecard data collected by AARP mostly cover the period 2016-19. Thus, the Scorecard paints a picture of comprehensive LTSS system performance before COVID-19 began.

2020 Pacesetter Prize Videos

Connecticut

Awarded Pacesetter Prize for Affordability and Access

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2017

Vermont

Vermont improved in Affordability and Access, rising from No. 19 in 2011 to No. 3 in 2017.

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Wisconsin

In 2017, Wisconsin exhibited more progress in Choice of Setting and Provider than any other state.

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Minnesota

Minnesota ranked No. 6 in the Support for Family Caregivers dimension in 2017.

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New York

New York improved in Effective Transitions, moving from No. 45 in 2014 to No. 32 in 2017.

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2017 Pacesetter Prize Videos

Highlights of the Awardees

Learn what makes Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin shine.

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