A new National Poll on Healthy Aging published by the University of Michigan this month found that 59 percent of older adults have discussed advance care planning with family members and/or friends, and nearly one-third of them did so during the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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About Wendy Fox-Grage
Wendy Fox-Grage joined NASHP in September 2019 as a project director with the Chronic and Vulnerable Populations Team, working on long-term services and supports, family caregiving, and palliative care. Previously, she worked as a senior strategic policy advisor for the AARP Public Policy Institute for 15 years and as a program principal for the National Conference of State Legislatures for nearly 10 years. She started her career as a Congressional Fellow for the US Senate Special Committee on Aging. She has a BS in human development and social policy from Northwestern University and Master’s degrees in both gerontology and public administration from the University of Southern California.
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Family members provide significant amounts of care to relatives with complex needs, including those who are Medicaid enrollees.
On Jan. 19, 2021, the RAISE Family Caregiving Advisory Council convened to hear presentations on Medicaid supports for family caregivers, listening sessions with caregivers, and the compiling of a federal inventory of family caregiver resources and programs. The council also discussed the process for reviewing its initial report to Congress.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, states have used the Appendix K Emergency Preparedness and Response authority to amend Medicaid 1915(c) home- and community-based services (HCBS) waivers and quickly provide more flexible services and supports to Medicaid enrollees and, indirectly, their caregivers.
Direct care workers play a critical role in the success of states’ long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems, but faced with COVID-19, low wages, and few advancement opportunities, states struggle to retain this workforce. Recently, state leaders came together virtually at National Academy for State Health Policy’s annual conference to share strategies to improve recruitment […]
Palliative care helps individuals with serious illness better manage the symptoms and stressors of disease. These services are interdisciplinary, person- and family-centered, and can help people at any stage of a serious illness.
States are uniquely positioned to influence how Americans think about access, and experience palliative care.
The Family Caregiving Advisory Council held its third full council meeting on May 20 and 21, 2020, to hear presentations on key topic areas, including family leave, respite care, research and data, and an analysis of the input received from the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) request for information. The council also refined its Driver Diagram to identify […]
State Medicaid home- and community-based waivers and state plan amendments can provide critical information, counseling, and training to family caregivers. Recently, the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) reviewed states’ Medicaid 1915(c) and 1115 waivers, and 1915(i) and 1915(j) state plan amendments (SPAs) that focuses on waivers and state plan amendments covering older adults […]
Updated May 7, 2020 In the past two months, 35 states* have rapidly amended their Medicaid home- and community-based services for older adults and their family caregivers to ensure access to long-term services and supports during the COVID-19 crisis. Under new federal rules, the states applied for Medicaid 1915(c) Appendix K waivers to make temporary or […]
To assist the RAISE Act Family Caregiving Advisory Council make its recommendations, NASHP collected and analyzed about 800 recommendations from 27 key family caregiving reports written in the past decade. NASHP synthesized and inventoried the recommendations in this resource, with support from The John A. Hartford Foundation and in collaboration with the US Administration for Community Living.