AARP, The Commonwealth Fund and The Scan Foundation Release the 2014 LTSS State Scorecard: Virginia Ranks in Top Quartile for Affordability

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), the Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation recently released the second edition (2014) of:  Raising Expectations:  A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers.  This “scorecard” is purported to measure performance of the long-term services and supports (LTSS) system across five key areas:

  1. affordability and access
  2. choice of setting and provider
  3. quality of life and quality of care
  4. support for family caregivers
  5. effective transitions

According to the report, Virginia’s LTSS system ranked 19th overall among the 50 states and the District of Columbia across these five areas of examination.  This placed Virginia in the second quartile overall.  

In terms of the rankings for each specific area, Virginia’s highest ranking was 8th in affordability and access, which measured how affordable services are for people of moderate and higher incomes, how effective the safety net is for those who cannot afford services, and how easily consumers of all incomes can find the LTSS they need.  Within this area, Virginia ranked in the top quartile for nursing home cost; home care cost; and, private LTC insurance take-up.  Virginia also ranked in the second quartile for the accessibility/functionality of aging and disability resource centers.  On the negative side, Virginia was in the bottom quartile for coverage rates of low income people with disabilities in Medicaid (ranked 50th).

For the other areas, Virginia was ranked in the second quartile for choice of setting and provider (17th overall), quality of life and quality of care (22nd overall), and effective transitions (23rd overall).  Virginia was ranked in the bottom quartile in the area of support for family caregivers (45th overall), which measures programs/policies in place to provide various supports to the unpaid family caregivers serving the reported 90 percent of older people receiving care in the community who rely on such care.

For more information and detail, the report can be accessed here.