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Public policy impacts many aspects of aging, ranging from how people and their families access health care, housing, transportation, and other services in their communities. Developing solutions to the challenges that people face as they grow older requires addressing these issues at the state and local levels.

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On January 10, 2022, Governor Gavin Newsom released the 2022-23 proposed budget. The proposal includes several program changes that impact services for older adults and people with disabilities.
This brief, updated from August 2020, highlights states that have a Master Plan for Aging, provides examples of key elements of those plans, and discusses how states without a Master Plan can get started. A Master Plan for Aging is a blueprint that: a) includes planning for 10 or more years; b) is often led by a governor with other executive and legislative leaders; and c) is developed to guide the restructuring of state and local policy, programs, and funding toward aging well in the community.

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California Health & Human Services Agency and Department of Aging Release the Master Plan for Aging (January 6, 2021)