Watch a recent Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP) discussion on services and supports offered to California’s older adult population and dual eligible beneficiaries and how these services align with the Master Plan for Aging.
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Recent analyses by NORC at the University of Chicago explored the financial challenges likely faced by middle-income older adults in California and nationally by 2033. Watch the related California-focused discussion that builds on NORC’s findings. Also, read our fact sheet, highlighting key investments within the California state budget.
More than one-third of older adults worry about paying for health care and long-term care. Middle-income older adults, coined the “forgotten middle,” are in the particularly precarious position of being ineligible for Medicaid assistance, yet still have difficulty affording out-of-pocket costs.
A new analysis from NORC at the University of Chicago looks at California’s middle-income, older adult population and forecasts that the state will have 1.6 million middle-income older adults (age 75 and older) in 2033, nearly half of which will be people of color. Findings show that half will struggle to pay for housing and care, even if those who own sell their homes.
Earlier this week, TSF, West Health, Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), and expert guests discussed the challenges facing older Californians, the relationship of these findings to longstanding inequities, and potential policy opportunities. View the recording.
Join TSF, along with West Health and Insure the Uninsured Project (ITUP), to explore the demographic characteristics of California’s middle-income older adults and future challenges regarding health care and long-term care affordability. Register here.
The webinar will offer a local perspective that builds on the recent national findings from NORC at the University of Chicago. That research projected more than 11 million middle-income older adults may have insufficient resources to pay for long-term care and housing by 2033.
The American Society on Aging (ASA) 2022 meeting theme is advancing economic security. Program content is organized within five areas: justice and aging, innovation and social impact, health and well-being, economic security, and ageism and culture. We are taking part in several sessions on April 12:
- Preparing for an Aging State: Getting Started with a Master Plan for Aging (see related resources)
- Can Medicare Help Promote Economic Security for Older Adults? An Overview of New, Nonmedical Benefits in Medicare Advantage (see related report)
Finally on April 13, President and CEO Sarita A. Mohanty will contribute to the Advancing Tech-Enabled Health and Home Care discussion.
There is a clear need to assess the impact of Medicare and Medicaid flexibilities enacted during the pandemic. Join an Alliance for Health Policy event on March 30 for a discussion on how to maintain and strengthen these flexibilities for future generations. In the meantime, watch a related session from TSF’s 2021 Forum.
The Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS) launched the Getting Started with a Master Plan for Aging toolkit outlining the eight key “building blocks” that state leaders, advocates, industry leaders, and other interested stakeholders can use to gain governor and legislature support for an MPA in their states.
A wide range of Americans rely on long-term care (LTC) for help with daily living. Nearly half of all adults aged 65 today will need LTC at some point in their lives. Learn about current proposals for LTC that expand access to home- and community-based services (HCBS).
- Watch this week’s webinar addressing LTC affordability and current proposals to expand Medicaid HCBS.
- Read a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center on how LTC can be made more affordable for people who do not qualify for Medicaid.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) developed outcome measures that assess whether health care is helping older adults achieve “what matters most” to them.
Learn how states can use person-driven outcomes to drive quality and accountability in contracted health plans. Watch prior webinars:
Person-driven outcome (PDO) measures assess the quality of care based on what matters most to individuals.
The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) is building PDO measures into their programs for health care entities and states to consider using in order to drive quality and accountability. Watch a recent webinar highlighting how states can apply enhanced home-and community-based services funding to quality improvement activities, including PDO.
California leads the way with a Master Plan for Aging, and other states are considering the opportunity.
A key element of a successful Master Plan is committed leadership from elected officials. Learn more about Master Plan activities in California and other states:
- Read a new report from National Conference of State Legislatures highlighting policy approaches for meeting the needs of an aging population, including a Master Plan.
- Watch a briefing on a recent California poll where voters called for state leaders to invest in equity and the Master Plan.