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Caring for the elderly

Author: Marcia Clemmitt
Publisher: Washington, D.C. : CQ Press, 2006.
Series: CQ researcher, v. 16, no. 36.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English
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Nearly 70 percent of those turning 65 this year will need long-term care (LTC) in their lifetimes; 20 percent will need it for five years or longer. But -- unlike most other industrialized nations -- the United States has no public or private insurance infrastructure to pay for LTC. Those needing years of care will have to impoverish themselves before Medicaid will pay for it. But state officials say Medicaid --  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Marcia Clemmitt
OCLC Number: 77519560
Notes: Title from caption (viewed on Jan. 3, 2007).
"Oct. 13, 2006."
Details: Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Series Title: CQ researcher, v. 16, no. 36.
Other Titles: Who will pay for care of aging baby boomers?
Responsibility: by Marcia Clemmitt.

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Nearly 70 percent of those turning 65 this year will need long-term care (LTC) in their lifetimes; 20 percent will need it for five years or longer. But -- unlike most other industrialized nations -- the United States has no public or private insurance infrastructure to pay for LTC. Those needing years of care will have to impoverish themselves before Medicaid will pay for it. But state officials say Medicaid -- intended as a health-care safety net for poor children -- could be bankrupted by rising LTC costs as the baby-boom generation ages, and the number of people over age 85 soars from around 5 million to 21 million by 2050. Meanwhile, understaffing, low pay and poor working conditions at nursing homes put residents at risk of life-threatening malnutrition and bed sores. As an alternative, states and nonprofits are offering more home- and community-delivered care, but LTC experts say the alternatives may not be any safer.

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