If most people over the age of 65 will need long-term care, what will that look like, and will they be able to afford it? That’s what State Representative Jon Hoadley wants the state to study. He and other lawmakers are backing bills to measure that cost and come up with some funding options.
Hoadley says people turn 65 every day, but the long-term insurance market is unstable.
“All that together means that a storm is coming,” he says. “We have an opportunity with this bill to get ahead of this problem.”
Sarah Slocum specializes in elder care for a nonprofit health group. She says the state needs to know what all that long-term care will cost.
“We’ve been working very hard in the advocate community, from the department, from the provider prospective to make improvements in long-term care,” Slocum says. “But the puzzle that we have not yet unlocked is financing and how to make that really work across the spectrum.”
The state report wouldn’t make recommendations, but it would outline some options for lawmakers such as tax credits and reinsurance to improve the marketplace. The bill received its first committee hearing last week.