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The Wide Circle of Caregiving

The Kaiser Family Foundation helped conduct a national survey of over 1,000 informal caregivers in 1998 to assess the policy issues involved with this new, growing role for many family members and friends. Nearly one of every four adults (23 percent) is an informal caregiver, and, as the American population…

Nursing Home Staffing Standards

This policy brief describes the current federal staffing requirements and how states separately regulate staffing levels in nursing homes. It also presents data showing actual staffing levels in over half of this country’s nursing homes exceed the levels that states and the federal government require.

Medicare Chartbook

The Medicare Chartbook includes data and background information critical to understanding the Medicare program and the challenges it faces in keeping up with the rising costs of health care and in ensuring the program s future financial security.

Reports Explore Long-Term Care Issues Included in the Deficit Reduction Act

The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005, which became law this February, includes several significant changes to Medicaid long-term care policies. The Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured is releasing five new reports on long-term care issues that were addressed by the DRA changes.Long-term care accounts for…

Asset Transfer and Nursing Home Use: Empirical Evidence and Policy Significance

Asset Transfer and Nursing Home Use: Empirical Evidence and Policy SignificanceDue to concern that wealthy elderly Americans were transferring assets to gain Medicaid coverage for nursing home care, the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 tightened Medicaid eligibility rules related to asset transfers. About 43 percent of all nursing home…

Olmstead at Five:  Assessing the Impact

This report examines the impact of Olmstead v. L.C. five years after the United States Supreme Court’s 1999 landmark decision. The analysis brings together new research with a synthesis of research undertaken over the past five years, to help policymakers and program administrators understand the meaning of the Americans with…

Tennessee’s Money Follows the Person Demonstration: Supporting Rebalancing in a Managed Long-Term Services and Supports Model

Tennessee’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration, implemented within the context of Tennessee’s pre-existing capitated Medicaid managed care delivery system, is an integral component of the state’s Medicaid long-term services and supports rebalancing efforts. This case study describes key features of Tennessee’s MFP demonstration and highlights recent program experiences.

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