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Jean Accius, PhD

Vice President, Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports

Areas of Expertise

Health and long-term care policy and translating research into policy and practice


Jean Accius is Vice President for Independent Living/Long-Term Services and Supports. Previously, he was the policy integration director for health and long-term services and supports (LTSS) issues in AARP’s Office of Policy Integration.

Jean helps coordinate AARP’s deliberative policy development process, focusing on (a) developing federal, state, and local policy related to health and LTSS care delivery, quality, and safety; (b) overseeing financing and coverage; (c) assisting with workforce and education issues; and (d) paying special attention to specific needs, such as prescription drugs, medical devices, and end-of-life care. He also ensures that AARP health initiatives and practices are consistent with AARP’s policies.

Jean previously served as a senior policy advisor within the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and was recently selected for the Leadership Maryland (class of 2014) program. Jean also serves on the American Society on Aging’s Generations editorial advisory board, and he is a member of the board of directors for the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living.

Jean holds a master’s degree in aging studies from the Claude Pepper Institute at Florida State University and a PhD in public administration from American University.

Selected Publications

  • J. Accius, “The Role of the Older Americans Act in Providing Long-Term Care,” Publication ID: FS12R, AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, 2008.
  • J. Accius, “The Village: A Growing Option for Aging in Place,” Publication ID: FS177, AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, 2010.
  • S. Galantowicz, S. Crisp, N. Karp, and J. Accius, “Safe at Home? Developing Effective Criminal Background Checks and Other Screening Policies for Home Care Workers,” Publication ID: 2009–12, AARP Public Policy Institute, Washington, DC, 2009.
  • E. Kassner, S. Reinhard, W. Fox-Grage, A. Houser, and J. Accius, “A Balancing Act: State Long-Term Care Reform,” Publication ID: 2008–10, AARP Public Policy Institute,
    Washington, DC, 2008.
  • L. Walker and J. Accius, “State Variation in Access to Medicaid HCBS and Nursing Home Services: A 50-State Survey of Financial Eligibility Standards,” AARP Public Policy Institute, Insight on the Issues (July 2011).