This issue brief places the American Jobs Plan in the context of current Medicaid HCBS spending and considers how policymakers might allocate the new funding, as the proposal to date includes little detail.
By KIM BELLARD Quick now: what’s the biggest single component of President Biden’s infrastructure plan (a.k.a The American Jobs Plan)? Fixing roads and bridges? Upgrading the power grid? Preparing the nation for electric vehicles? Giving all Americans access to broadband? Wrong. If you guessed home… Read More »Let’s Build Some LTC Infrastructure!
President Joe Biden has submitted his discretionary budget for 2022 to Congress. Among its healthcare provisions are funding requests for the CDC, mental health and social determinants of health programs. But there are some unusual requests as well, such as funding for an Office of… Read More »Public health, racial equity, climate action drive Biden’s budget requests for healthcare
There’s widespread agreement that it’s important to help older adults and people with disabilities remain independent as long as possible. But are we prepared to do what’s necessary, as a nation, to make this possible? This story also ran on NPR. It can be republished… Read More »Biden Seeks $400 Billion to Buttress Long-Term Care. A Look at What’s at Stake.
ST. LOUIS — Missourians have driven hours to find vaccines in rural counties — at least those with cars and the time. Tens of thousands of doses are waiting to be distributed, slowly being rolled out in a federal long-term care program. Waitlists are hundreds… Read More »How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos
There is a growing demand for centralized care for Covid-19 long-haulers — that is, patients who had Covid-19 and recovered but continue to experience symptoms. Health systems are setting up clinics specifically for this patient population, which comes with its own set of opportunities and… Read More »Covid-19 long-hauler clinics offer a ‘medical home’ for patients on uncharted journey
HOUSTON — When the big, red and extremely loud fire alarm went off in Maria Skladzien’s apartment, the 74-year-old ventured into the hallway with fellow residents of her Houston-area senior living community. The brutal winter storm that swept through Texas had knocked out power, which,… Read More »Texas Winter Storm Exposes Gaps in Senior Living Oversight
For nearly a year, nursing homes and assisted living centers have been mostly closed to visitors. Now, it’s time for them to open back up and relieve residents of crushing isolation, according to a growing chorus of long-term care experts, caregivers, consumer groups and physicians.… Read More »Reopening of Long-Term Care Facilities Is ‘an Absolute Necessity for Our Well-Being’
This brief takes a closer look at multiple measures beyond waiver waiting lists to evaluate state choices about optional Medicaid eligibility pathways, spending, and services for seniors and people with disabilities as of 2018. The analysis draws on several KFF resources, including 50-state surveys of… Read More »State Variation in Medicaid LTSS Policy Choices and Implications for Upcoming Policy Debates
This story also ran on NBC News. It can be republished for free. For a decade, Jennifer Crow has taken care of her elderly parents, who have multiple sclerosis. After her father had a stroke in December, the family got serious in its conversations with… Read More »Companies Pan for Marketing Gold in Vaccines
As the Biden Administration takes office, the ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic and related economic downturn are the key issues that will substantially shape Medicaid coverage and financing policy in the year ahead.
Despite Efforts to Slow the Spread of the Virus in Long-Term Care Facilities, KFF Analysis Finds Many States Experienced the Worst COVID-19 Outbreaks and Highest Number of Deaths in December
For some regions of the country, recent months have brought the worst COVID-19 outbreaks in long-term care facilities since the start of the pandemic, a new KFF analysis of state-reported cases and death shows, underscoring the importance of current efforts to vaccinate this high priority… Read More »Despite Efforts to Slow the Spread of the Virus in Long-Term Care Facilities, KFF Analysis Finds Many States Experienced the Worst COVID-19 Outbreaks and Highest Number of Deaths in December
Factors Associated With COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Long-Term Care Facilities: Findings from a Literature Review
This issue brief reviews findings from 30 studies that have examined potential factors associated with COVID-19 cases and/or deaths in long-term care facilities.
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January 14 Web Event: A Shot in the Arm For Long-Term Care Facilities? Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to High Priority Populations
With the pandemic taking a heavy toll among older Americans, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and most states have placed a high priority on vaccinating residents and staff of long-term care facilities. People in nursing homes and other long-term care settings account for… Read More »January 14 Web Event: A Shot in the Arm For Long-Term Care Facilities? Early Lessons from the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout to High Priority Populations
CVS and Walgreens began administering the first doses of Covid-19 vaccines across long-term care facilities last week. But many questions still remain about how it will be administered to the general public.
This month the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adopted a recommendation that health care workers and long-term care residents should be the first to receive the COVID-19 vaccine once it is authorized or approved by the FDA. A new KFF analysis estimates there… Read More »New National and State Estimates for Recommended COVID-19 Vaccination Priority Population
This analysis provides new national and state-level estimates of the number of health care workers and long-term care residents who are expected to be part of the group first in line to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to gain insight into how this initial priority population… Read More »Estimates of the Initial Priority Population for COVID-19 Vaccination by State
PointClickCare Acquires Collective Medical for $650M to Create to Largest Combined Acute and Post-Acute Care Network
What You Should Know: – PointClickCare announces its intent to acquire Collective Medical to create the largest combined acute and post-acute care network in North America for $650M. – Collective Medical’s platform connects more than 1,300 hospitals, thousands of ambulatory practices and long-term post-acute care… Read More »PointClickCare Acquires Collective Medical for $650M to Create to Largest Combined Acute and Post-Acute Care Network
This brief outlines the potential health policy actions that President Biden could take using executive authority, based on campaign pledges, and actions that would reverse or modify regulations or guidance issued by the Trump Administration.
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In the middle of the night, Stefania Silvestri lies in bed remembering her elderly patients’ cries. “Help me.” “Please don’t leave me.” “I need my family.” Months of caring for older adults in a Rhode Island nursing home ravaged by COVID-19 have taken a steep… Read More »Long-Term Care Workers, Grieving and Under Siege, Brace for COVID’s Next Round
A tidal wave of grief and loss has rolled through long-term care facilities as the coronavirus pandemic has killed more than 91,000 residents and staffers — nearly 40% of recorded COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. And it’s not over: Facilities are bracing for further shocks… Read More »Prayers and Grief Counseling After COVID: Trying to Aid Healing in Long-Term Care
This side-by-side comparison examines President Trump’s record and former Vice President Biden’s positions across a wide range of key health issues, including the response to the pandemic, the Affordable Care Act marketplace, Medicaid, Medicare, drug prices, reproductive health, mental health and opioids, immigration and health… Read More »Health Care and the 2020 Presidential Election
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, states have taken a number of Medicaid policy actions to address the impact on seniors and people with disabilities, many of whom rely on long-term services and supports (LTSS) to meet daily needs and are at increased risk of adverse… Read More »State Actions to Sustain Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports During COVID-19
In his Axios column, Drew Altman discusses new data on the surge of new infections in long-term care facilities in COVID-19 hotspots. The dominant narrative about the Sunbelt surge in new cases is that the infected population is younger, but he says that’s not the… Read More »Hotspot States See More COVID Cases in Nursing Homes
LTC cases in hotspot states are increasing at 4x the rate as LTC cases in non-hotspot states. Media has largely focused on the share of cases attributed to a younger population. However, increased cases in long-term care facilities are cause for concern, given that nearly… Read More »Rising Cases in Long-term Care Facilities Are Cause for Concern