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Workforce Matters: The Direct Care Workforce and State-Based LTSS Social Insurance Programs

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July 29, 2019
Workforce Matters: The Direct Care Workforce and State-Based LTSS Social Insurance Programs

As consumers and their families struggle to afford long-term services and supports (LTSS), a growing number of states are beginning to consider social insurance programs that would offset these costs. This joint report from PHI and Caring Across Generations responds to this trend, outlining a policy framework with nine areas where state-level policymakers can strengthen the direct care workforce in these social insurance programs.

Key Takeaways

Direct care workers will be critical to the success of new state-based social insurance programs in long-term care.
State-based social insurance programs can raise compensation, enhance training, promote advanced roles, and improve supervision in the direct care sector.
State policymakers should make long-term care more affordable to families, and boost workforce capacity to make it more accessible.
 
Robert Espinoza
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Robert Espinoza

Vice President of Policy
Robert Espinoza oversees PHI's national policy, research, and communications division. He has been a national policy expert, communications strategist, and writer for 20 years.
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