The Lifeline the Long-Term Care Industry Can’t Afford to Ignore

by Jackie Miller The long-term care (LTC) industry faces a troubling landscape. The Wall Street Journal recently reported on the industry's financial crisis, which is largely due to actuarial analyses underestimating the number of claims that would be filed over a longer than expected lifetime of beneficiaries. In many cases, policyholders are forced to pay much higher premiums or walk away from their coverage.

New Report Shows Rising Demand for Health Care Workers with Expertise in Long-term Care

Demand for health care professionals with expertise in long-term care (LTC) is rising, due to projected growth in the older population and the increasing burden of chronic disease. One way to meet this growing LTC workforce demand may be to employ more nurse practitioners (NPs) and/or physician assistants (PAs).

Why Baby Boomers Need Immigrants (Politico)

Home health aides are in high demand and short supply as baby boomers require additional care, according to Healthforce Associate Director of Research Joanne Spetz, PhD. But, policies that stop immigrants from entering the country could slow the supply of these low-paid workers who care for aging Americans. 

According to Politico, aging adults and their families could be in trouble:

Severe Shortage of Home Health Workers Could Only Get Worse (Washington Post)

Severe shortages of home health aides and nursing assistants could be detrimental to thousands of patients, according to a recent report by Kaiser Health News, California Healthline and the