A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers

Our nation faces an unprecedented public policy challenge: how to transform our system of long-term services and supports (LTSS) to promote independence among older adults and people with disabilities, and provide support for the family members who help them. In just 12 years, the leading edge of the Baby Boom Generation will enter its 80s, placing new demands on the LTSS system. This generation, and those that follow, will have far fewer potential family caregivers to provide unpaid help. Despite this looming care gap, we lack a national solution to providing LTSS. That job still falls mainly to the states. Where you live really matters because there are very large differences across the states in how well they do this job. While many policymakers and advocates are working hard to improve their state LTSS systems and making important incremental changes, the pace of change is slow. A few states stand out for leading the way. We need to learn from these states, bring more national solutions to the table, and pick up the pace of change.

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