skip to main content
skip to newscasts

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Public News Service Logo
facebook instagram linkedin reddit youtube twitter
view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

SCOTUS rules for Trump on ballot issue; CA high school students earn Google Career Certificates in high-demand fields; NY faith leaders help people address ecological grief; and a group offers abortion travel benefits for Mississippi women.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

The SCOTUS rules no state can remove a federal candidate from an election ballot saying that power rests with Congress, Super Tuesday primaries are today in sixteen states and a Colorado Court rules in the killing of Elijah McClain in police custody.

view newscast page
play newscast audioPlay

Hard times could be ahead for rural school districts that spent federal pandemic money on teacher salaries, a former Oregon lumber community drafts a climate-action plan and West Virginians may soon buy raw milk from squeaky-clean cows.

WA to Study Long-Term Care Costs, Options in 2016

play audio
Play

Wednesday, December 30, 2015   

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Who will need long-term care and who will pay for it are the topics of a study getting under way for the new year, ordered by the Washington Legislature.

State lawmakers in 2015 decided it's time to think ahead about the aging population, or risk the financial consequences of being unprepared for an age wave set to hit the state within 15 years. Dennis Mahar, who chairs the Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging, says this conversation is long overdue.

"Particularly when you add things like dementia, it really becomes critical to start thinking about, 'How are we going to going to pay for this?'" he says. "Because if people wind up not having the savings, or blowing through their savings, they're going to wind up on the Medicaid system and it's going to cost the public system quite a bit."

The study, for the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, is supposed to be finished in a year, and will include recommendations that the Legislature can then decide whether to support. Mahar says Hawaii is the only state so far that has long-term care plans in place for its aging population.

Just seven percent of Washingtonians have purchased long-term care insurance. Mahar says that's mostly because it's expensive and fewer companies are willing to offer it and pay the sky-high claims. He says the current system also encourages lower-income seniors to spend down to poverty level, and higher-income seniors to shelter their assets all of which raise big questions about who pays for care.

"Is there another method that would enable us to cover more people?" asks Mahar. "That's what this actuarial study is really designed to do, is identify a couple of options that might work and then, is there political interest, either in the Legislature or from the public, to pass that sort of thing?"

About this time last year, a Legislative Executive Committee reported that family members deliver 80 percent of long-term care services and supports in Washington – in part because most people who need them can't afford them.


get more stories like this via email

more stories
"Every Arizonan is frustrated by the federal government's failure to secure our border. But passing job killing, anti-business bills that demonize our communities is not the solution," said Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs. (Eduardo Barraza/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature has passed a number of bills that some immigration advocates are calling "SB 1070 2.0." Senate Bill 1231…


Social Issues

play sound

A recent report details how great wealth that later made philanthropy possible around the country but most evidently in the District of Columbia…

Environment

play sound

New agricultural census data show a significant increase in production value for New England farms over the past five years. There are nearly 31,000 …


After lawmakers passed House Bill 1232 in 2021, standardized Colorado Option health insurance was developed with extensive input from consumers, insurers, health providers, rural communities and other stakeholders. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

play sound

Colorado's standardized health-insurance plan, known as the Colorado Option, is changing how consumers interact with insurance, according to a new …

Social Issues

play sound

As the hearing for the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act approaches, advocacy groups are reflecting on its importance. For the nonprofit …

Social Issues

play sound

More than a dozen states hold presidential primaries on this Super Tuesday. Minnesota is among them, and the election is seen as a big opportunity …

Social Issues

play sound

Wisconsin faces a big staffing shortage of registered nurses. Advocates hope for key solutions to bear fruit amid unease about the emergence of for-…

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021