AARP Maine Voter Issue: Long-Term Care

Posted on 09/30/22

ISSUE BACKGROUND:
America’s long-term care system is not just broken — it doesn’t exist. Americans age 50-plus and others in need of long-term care face a patchwork of public and private services, costly institutional care and reliance on family caregivers. Today older adults are often pushed into costly nursing homes — the only form of long-term care automatically covered by Medicaid — even though the vast majority would prefer to live independently in their homes and communities.

Unfortunately, options such as home and community services are often unaffordable and limited through many state Medicaid programs. While unpaid family caregivers allow millions of older adults to live safely at home instead of in nursing homes, these family members and friends need more support.

The age 85-plus population — those most likely to need assistance with daily activities — is projected to more than triple between 2015 and 2050, making the need for an effective long-term care system even more important.

Older adults must have the opportunity to age where they want to, and we know most want to remain in their homes and communities. For those who live in a residential setting, our elected leaders must rethink institutional care to improve the safety and quality of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities and to protect residents against sickness, neglect and isolation.

Click above to watch a short video of AARP Maine Advocate Volunteer, Jane Conrad, talking about long-term care in Maine.

WHERE DO THE CANDIDATES STAND:

Where do the gubernatorial candidates stand on this important issue?

Current Gov. Janet Mills (D): Website Phone: 207-287-3531

Former Gov. Paul LePage (R): Website Phone: 207-707-4068

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QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW, WHEN or WHERE TO VOTE?

Visit www.aarp.org/mevotes today for key dates and complete voter resources for Maine.

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This story is provided by AARP Maine. Visit the AARP Maine page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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