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Jean Accius, PhD

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

Jean Accius, AARP

Areas of Expertise

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


Dr. Jean Accius is a nationally recognized expert on aging policy, livable communities and long-term services and supports (LTSS).  He currently serves as the Vice President of the Long-Term Services & Supports and Livable Communities Group within the AARP Public Policy Institute. In this role, he provides strategic direction, thought leadership and technical expertise in leading a team at the forefront of developing innovative policy solutions for livable communities as well as the effective delivery and financing of LTSS.    

Dr. Accius brings a wealth of experience to his current work, having served in positions across the private, public and nonprofit sectors to advance the issues and interests of older adults. At the state level, Dr. Accius served as a Senior Program lead within the Florida Department of Elder Affairs for the Ambassadors for Aging program. Under his leadership, he developed innovative tools that raised awareness and sparked discussions regarding the social, economic and political contributions of older Floridians to address the state’s fiscal and social challenges. At the federal level, he worked as a Senior Policy Advisor within the Disabled and Elderly Health Programs Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (Department of Health & Human Services). In that role, he implemented, directed and monitored multimillion-dollar grant programs and projects designed to support and improve the delivery of LTSS at the state level.

Dr. Accius has authored numerous reports and a range of articles and blogs that have garnered immense attention from the policy community, practitioners in the field and the media.  Several of his groundbreaking reports and blogs have been cited in various prominent media outlets, including the Congressional Quarterly’s online arm and Huffington Post. Dr. Accius has been quoted in both national and specialized media, print and digital.

Dr. Accius sits on the Editorial Advisory Committee for Generations, the journal for the American Society on Aging, and the Mission and Population Board Committee of the Holy Cross Health hospital system. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and serves on the boards of Justice in Aging, the American Society on Aging, Leadership Maryland and the Florida State University Alumni Association.

Dr. Accius holds a master's degree in aging studies from the Claude Pepper Institute at Florida State University, and a Ph.D. 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).

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