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Long term care partnerships: are they 'fit for purpose'?

Bergquist, Savannah, Costa-Font, Joan ORCID: 0000-0001-7174-7919 and Swartz, Katherine (2015) Long term care partnerships: are they 'fit for purpose'? CESifo working papers (5155). CESifo Group, Munich, Germany.

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The risk of high costs of long-term care services and supports (LTSS) is one of the largest uninsured risks for American families and a major challenge to the sustainability of Medicaid. To address the latter, the long-term care partnership (LTCP) program was an initiative designed to encourage middle-class individuals to purchase private long-term care insurance to cover at least the non-catastrophic costs of LTSS. The goal was to defer the time when an individual would become eligible for Medicaid to pay her LTSS expenses, and thereby reduce Medicaid expenditures. This paper exploits two unique sources of variation in the effects of LTCP, (i) the long term effects in the four states that were allowed to implement partnership programs in 1993-4, and (ii) the short-term effects in the states that implemented LTCP programs after 2005. Given the progressive development of the LTCP, we identify differences in trends in insurance uptake and Medicaid long-term care expenditures and claims. Both sources of variation suggest LTCP programs modestly stimulated LTC insurance uptake and slowed Medicaid LTC expenditures and claims trends.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Social Policy
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
JEL classification: H - Public Economics > H3 - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents > H31 - Household
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
J - Labor and Demographic Economics > J1 - Demographic Economics > J14 - Economics of the Elderly; Economics of the Handicapped
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2015 10:25
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2020 00:18
Funders: Commonwealth Fund

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