A series on state efforts to improve care for the aged and disabled.
Hope for the Long Term
- Stateline Story
A determined governor has rallied his state behind long-term health care reform. As more people begin to receive care in their homes - instead of in costly nursing facilities - Tennessee is betting on managed care organizations to keep costs in check. More
A casual observer of the health care debate might think the historic new federal law does little to help older Americans. In fact, emotional talk of "death panels" likely led more than a few people to expect bad news for end-of-life care. It's true that the new law promises to pay only a tiny share of states' biggest and fastest growing health care bill - long-term care for the elderly and other adults with disabilities. Still, its attention to the issue may end up paying much bigger dividends in the future. More