Care: A Personal Issue With A Public Solution

MEDIA ADVISORY: For distribution November 22, 2016

Caring Across Generations Issues Recommendations for New, Innovative State-Based Care Solutions

Following the recent America CARES event co-sponsored by the Altarum Institute and Caring Across Generations, one attendee tweeted, “Care is a daily personal family drama - emotional, financial, but should have a policy solution. The personal is political.”

Voters know this to be true. A recent poll commissioned by Caring Across Generations showed that:

  • One-in-five voters (20%) believe both financial help for family caregivers and easier access to care workers and in-home services would be the most helpful to families who are supporting someone who is ill, elderly, or disabled.

  • A plurality of voters (41%) believe all of the proposed pieces - financial help for family caregivers, easier access to care workers and in-home services, and making housing suitable for people with disabilities - are equally important for helping families who are supporting someone who is ill, elderly, or disabled.

  • A quarter of voters (25%) believe providing opportunities for skills training and career advancement would be the most helpful for expanding the number of paid care workers.

Currently, caregiving families spend an average of almost $7,000 a year out of pocket on costs related to care. These high cost of care, in addition to serious threats to the limited social safety net programs that support care, mean that more than ever, we urgently need to institute policy solutions that support families providing care to their loved ones at home.

A new report by Caring Across Generations outlines how to do just that. Preparing for the Elder Boom: A Framework for State Solutions, a comprehensive study of the current state of care, focuses on a state-based approach “to creating a 21st-century care system that works for 21st-century families,” said Josephine Kalipeni, Director of Policy and Partnerships for Caring Across Generations, and the lead author on the report.

Caring Across Generations recommends the creation of a state-level, public long-term services and supports benefit, accessible to all who need it, to improve access to affordable long-term care. This new benefit must be accessible to all individuals and families, regardless of income. A new program that meets a set of minimum requirements would protect individuals and families from the risk and cost of long-term care while increasing access to desired home and community-based services. Innovation and actions to establish programs at the state level could also yield invaluable learnings and build momentum for an eventual federal solution. 

Ms. Kalipeni, along with care experts and partners, will offer media and partners a telebriefing outlining the proposals and recommendations in the report, followed by a question and answer session. The telebriefing will take place on Tuesday, December 6 at 1:00 PM ET.  A copy of the report is available at this link.

Who:

  • Josephine Kalipeni, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Caring Across Generations
  • Henry Claypool, Community Living Policy Center, UCSF
  • Daniel Wilson, Director of Federal Affairs, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI)

What:

Telebriefing for media and partners outlining proposals and recommendations, followed by a question and answer session

When:

Tuesday, December 6, 2016. 1:00 PM ET

Where:

Please dial (712) 451-0200, passcode 828741# to join the telebriefing.