December 29, 2017 | In the News

As the percentage of the U.S. population aged 65 and over is set to increase 18 percent by 2020, many consumers are committed to living independently as they age. At the same time, states are seeking to contain Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS) costs for this population without reducing the quality of care.

A recent article in, How States Are Helping People Get Medicaid at Home, featured a new toolkit, coauthored by CHCS with Manatt Health, that outlines strategies to support the provision of Medicaid LTSS services in home- and community-based settings. The toolkit, made possible by the SCAN Foundation and the Milbank Memorial Fund, identifies concrete policy strategies, operational steps, and federal and state authorities that innovator states have used to advance their LTSS reforms.

“Survey after survey shows that people want to continue living in their homes as they age, rather than moving to a nursing home or an assisted living facility…[However] state rules vary enormously regarding whether Medicaid — the leading payer of long-term care in America — will pay for a person’s long-term care at home. But a new report from the Center for Health Care Strategies (a nonprofit health policy resource center focused on low-income Americans) and Manatt Health (a health policy and business strategy advisory subsidiary of the Manatt, Phelps & Phillips law firm) aims to broaden the availability of Medicaid at home and in community-based settings.”

Read the article on Forbes’ website.