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New Report on Long-Term Services and Supports in Medicaid Shows Trends of Growing Population and Opportunities for Care


October 10, 2019



New Report on Long-Term Services and Supports in Medicaid Shows Trends of Growing Population and Opportunities for Care

Washington, DC -  The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI), the non-profit, nonpartisan Medicaid research and policy group, released a new report, “Understanding Long-Term Services and Supports in Medicaid,” that dovetails off the Institute’s efforts to increase awareness of the growing need for LTSS in the Medicaid population.

Long-Term Services and Supports assist individuals of all ages and across a spectrum cognitive, mental, and physical disabilities. LTSS aims to help the enrollee live as independently and as safely as possible after it is assessed that they are no longer able to perform daily activities on their own. In 2011, around 11 million people required some form of paid LTSS.

The report highlights that the U.S. population is aging rapidly with a 350% projected increase in the number of individuals in the 85 to 94 age range by 2050. While the LTSS population is comprised of members from all age groups, as the U.S. population ages and functional disability increases, the need for LTSS also increases.   In response, IMI provided a series of opportunities to improve and address the needs of LTSS caregivers and enrollees including utilizing a Home and Community-Based Service (HCBS) taxonomy to compare and contrast interventions and outcomes, exploring the value of direct-care workers on quality outcomes, and focusing on workforce development and support for the direct-care workforce.

IMI’s complementary report on Managed Long-Term Services and Supports, which uses data from the recently released 2019 Medicaid managed care survey report, is scheduled to be released later this month.

Read the report here, and access the report’s one-pager here.

 

About the Institute for Medicaid Innovation

The Institute for Medicaid Innovation (IMI) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that provides independent, nonpartisan information and analysis that informs Medicaid policy and improves the health of the nation.

 

Media contact:

Lydia Tonkonow

ltonkonow@medicaidinnovation.org