How Much Might New Insurance Programs Improve Financing for Long-Term Services and Supports? Urban Institute. Melissa M. Favreault et al. February 8, 2016.
For decades, policymakers have struggled to address the challenges of financing long-term services and supports, with little success. To better understand new insurance-based alternatives and their effects on people age 65 and older, the authors analyze several proposals, including mandatory and voluntary options. Although none of these new plans is ideal, each would be an improvement over today’s ineffective financing system, which imposes large out-of-pocket costs on families and shifts costs to the underfunded Medicaid system once those families have exhausted their financial resources. [Note: contains copyrighted material].
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