— by Susan Reinhard, Jean Accius, Lynda Flowers and Ari Houser AARP Public Policy Institute July 13, 2017 The Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) now under consideration in the Senate would drastically alter Alaska’s Medicaid program. The proposed Senate bill would change the way the federal government currently funds Medicaid by limiting federal funding and shifting cost over time to both states and Medicaid enrollees. The BCRA would subject older adults, adults with disabilities, Medicaid expansion adults, and non-disabled children under age …

— (Ridgeland, MS) – Mississippi ranks 48th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and AARP warns much more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands.  Despite the ranking, Mississippi has seen growth in key areas. Those areas are: Person and family-centered care Subsidized housing opportunities (place-based and vouchers) Percent of new Medicaid aged/disabled long-term services and supports first receiving services in the community Specific areas …

— New Hampshire ranks #47 when it comes to offering services that help keep people in their homes and communities as they age.  AARP warns more must be done – at an accelerated pace – to meet changing demographic demands.  New Hampshire’s long-term care system needs serious overhaul in order to give people the care they want, in the setting of their choices, at a lesser price.  Nearly all – 95% — of New Hampshire residents say they want to age …

—   This spring has been a busy month for AARP Pennsylvania staff and volunteers across the Commonwealth. As the weather warmed up, so did activities in Pittsburgh. In addition to carrying on our community service work through volunteers, AARP has continued its partnership with key stakeholders on initiatives to ensure that Pittsburgh is a livable community for all. AARP has also been active on caregiver issues and fraud prevention. Here’s just a sample of what AARP has been up to in Pittsburgh: …

— The story of public policy in Pennsylvania in 2015 began with new occupants of three of the most important positions in the Commonwealth’s political structure – Governor Tom Wolf, Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, and House Majority Leader Dave Reed.  They took on the leading roles in the on-again, off-again state budget drama that played out over the course of the year, beginning with the Governor’s budget address in March. The Governor’s priorities, as stated in his budget address, were …

— The state legislative session begins soon and here is AARP Oregon’s priorities. We can use your help. If you are interested in our advocacy efforts, sign up for regular updates at aarp.org/getinvolved. CAREGIVING CARE Act – The Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable Act improves health, improves care, and reduces health care costs by treating family caregivers as if they are part of the care team of a patient admitted into a hospital. Specifically would: o   Provide an admitted patient an opportunity …

— Below is AARP testimony presented on Nov. 13 to state senators who serve on the Aging Nebraskans Task Force regarding the need for an Aging and Disability Resource Center to serve older Nebraskans and their families. This issue will be a top legislative priority for AARP Nebraska in 2015. For more information, contact Mark Intermill at mintermill@aarp.org or 1-866-389-5651 toll free. “Good morning. My name is Glen Fewkes and I am a Legislative Representative in the Government Affairs Department of …

— November is National Family Caregiver Month, and AARP Mississippi will highlight the need to support caregivers and those for whom they care. More than 800,000 Mississippians perform a great labor love: caring for an aging parent or loved one. These family caregivers provide an invaluable resource, helping seniors stay at home – where they want to be. That’s why AARP is committed to supporting caregivers and their loved ones. Mississippi ranks 49th overall when it comes to meeting the long-term …

— Michigan still needs tomake substantial improvements when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents, especially when it comes to support for family caregivers. This, according to a new, comprehensive state-by-state Scorecard from AARP with support of the nation’s leading organizations behind quality long-term care, The Commonwealth Fund and SCAN Foundation.  Raising Expectations 2014: A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers – an update of the …

— CLACKAMAS, OREGON–An updated national scorecard released today that ranks states on their performance on Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) again places Oregon among the top three states that out-perform others in the delivery of services and supports to older adults and people with disabilities. The new state-by-state report measures the effects of state policies and programs on the delivery of long-term care for people who need help to live independently – looking at affordability and access, choice of setting and …