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Visualizing Health Policy
August 28, 2013

A Short Look at Long-term Care for Seniors

Kaiser Family Foundation
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JAMA. 2013;310(8):786-787. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.17676

This month’s Visualizing Health Policy provides an informational snapshot of long-term services and support (LTSS) for seniors in the United States. This includes information about the number and proportion of seniors who will need LTSS because of physical and cognitive impairment, the role of unpaid family caregivers in providing the majority of LTSS, the role of Medicaid (not Medicare) as the primary payer for LTSS, the shifting of Medicaid spending from institutional-based care toward community-based care, and the fact that 35% of US adults 40 years or older say they have set aside money for their long-term needs. For a complete view, select the PDF available in the upper-right article toolbar.

A Short Look at Long-term Care for Seniors

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Source: Kaiser Family Foundation ( analysis. Original data and detailed source information are available at

*Produced by: David Rousseau, MPH, Jamie Firth, and Anne Jankiewicz.