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-performing system of care 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Shining a Light on State Progress
The Pacesetter Prize shines light on states that are actively building a high-performing system of care for aging Americans. Watch the webinar to learn more.
The Pacesetter Prize shines light on states that are actively building a high-performing system of care for aging Americans. Watch the webinar to learn more.Shining a Light on State Progress
Awarded Pacesetter Prize for Affordability and AccessConnecticut
Awarded Pacesetter Prize for Support for Family CaregiversNew York
Awarded Pacesetter Prize for Effective TransitionsOhio
Vermont improved in Affordability and Access, rising from No. 19 in 2011 to No. 3 in 2017.
In 2017, Wisconsin exhibited more progress in Choice of Setting and Provider than any other state.
Minnesota ranked No. 6 in the Support for Family Caregivers dimension in 2017.
New York improved in Effective Transitions, moving from No. 45 in 2014 to No. 32 in 2017.
2017 Pacesetter Prize Videos
Highlights of the Awardees
Learn what makes Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin shine.
Learn what makes Minnesota, New York, Vermont, and Wisconsin shine.Highlights of the Awardees
In this webinar, several awardees shared the strategies that inform their respective aging infrastructures.Webinar and Discussion