Care: A Personal Issue With a Public Solution

MEDIA ADVISORY: For distribution January 18, 2017


Care: A Personal Issue With A Public Solution

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

Everyone is feeling uncertainty around care right now. Medicaid, Medicare, and the Affordable Care Act are three pillars upon which many of us rely for ourselves and our families, and even these programs at their current levels are not strong enough for the coming aging of our country, or Elder Boom. Even as Congress threatens to cut these vital lifelines, Caring Across Generations, policy experts and advocates around the country are organizing around innovative policy to make our care system stronger, not weaker.

A new report by Caring Across Generations, Preparing for the Elder Boom: A Framework for State Solutions, presents a comprehensive study of the current state of care, and a groundbreaking 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 of the report.

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 Wednesday, January 18, at 1:00 PM ET.  A copy of the report is available at this link.

Who:

  • Alice Bonner, Secretary of Elder Affairs, State of Massachusetts

  • Henry Claypool, Community Living Policy Center, UCSF

  • Jennifer Goldberg, Directing Attorney, Justice in Aging

  • Josephine Kalipeni, Director of Policy and Partnerships, Caring Across Generations

  • Stephen Campbell, Policy Research Associate, Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI)

What:

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

When:

Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 1:00 PM ET

Where:

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

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.


The report calls for 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.