Get answers to your legal and financial affairs questions about caregiving from AARP expert Amanda Singleton. Join the discussion today!
by Jenna Walls, Kathleen Gifford, Wendy Fox-Grage, Rex O'Rourke, Martha Roherty, Lindsey Copeland, Catherine Rudd, Public Policy Institute, January 2011
*For individual PDF files of all 50 states, please use the links located at the bottom of this article.
This report documents how the recession continues to affect state programs for older individuals and adults with physical disabilities. States have used many administrative tools to curtail expenditures. At the same time, demand for publicly funded services has grown, and resources—including staff—are stretched thin, according to this new 50-state study. Specifically, 31 states cut aging and disability services programs (non-Medicaid) in FY 2010, and 28 states were expecting to cut these programs in FY 2011.
Major revenue sources—personal income, corporate, and sales taxes—for 2011 are expected to be below pre-recession levels for most states. Faced with significantly falling tax revenues, states are also contending with increasing service demands, forcing many states to impose new limits on non-Medicaid long-term services and supports (LTSS). States are “holding steady” with Medicaid LTSS because funding from the ARRA stimulus funds requires them to maintain eligibility. However, many states expect they will need to make additional cuts in LTSS when the funds phase down and expire in June 2011.
On a brighter note, many states are using the economic downturn as an opportunity to balance services from institutional to non-institutional settings. The Affordable Care Act provides states with new opportunities to expand home and community-based services, yet many states are reluctant to commit to these programs until further federal guidance is issued.
Individual State Profiles (PDF)
For more information, please contact Wendy Fox-Grage, email@example.com; 202-434-3867
Please leave your comment below.
You must be logged in to leave a comment.
Enter address, city, state, or ZIP code.
Driver Safety (0)
Tax Aide (0)
Entertainment & Dining (0)
Healthcare & Insurance (0)
Financial Services & Insurance (0)
Member Local Offers (0)
Visit the AARP state page for information about events, news and resources near you.
Quickly find and research your medical symptoms with this easy, interactive tool.
Members save on in-home caregiving services.
Members can take a free confidential hearing test by phone.
AARP members receive exclusive member benefits & affect social change.
You are leaving AARP.org and going to the website of our trusted provider. The provider’s terms, conditions and policies apply. Please return to AARP.org to learn more about other benefits.
Your email address is now confirmed.
Manage your email preferences and tell us which topics interest you so that we can prioritize the information you receive.
Explore all that AARP has to offer.
In the next 24 hours, you will receive an email to confirm your subscription to receive emails
related to AARP volunteering. Once you confirm that subscription, you will regularly
receive communications related to AARP volunteering. In the meantime, please feel free
to search for ways to make a difference in your community at