The Affordable Care Act and Long-Term Care: Comprehensive Reform or Just Tinkering Around the Edges?
(2012). The Affordable Care Act and Long-Term Care: Comprehensive Reform or Just Tinkering Around the Edges?, 24, 2, pp.101-117.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes several provisions that aim to improve prevailing deficiencies in the nation's long-term care system. But just how effective is the ACA likely to be in addressing these challenges? Will it result in meaningful or marginal reform? This special issue of Journal of Aging & Social Policy seeks to answer these questions. The most prominent long-term care provision is the now-suspended Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act. Others include incentives and options for expanding home- and community-based care, a number of research and demonstration projects in the areas of chronic care coordination and the dually eligible, and nursing home quality reforms. There are also elements that seek to improve workforce recruitment and retention, in addition to benefit improvements and spending reductions under Medicare. This article reviews the basic problems plaguing the long-term care sector and the provisions within the ACA meant to address them. It also includes a brief overview of issue content (abstract from: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/08959420.2012.659912).
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