DA, Disability and Aging, Maine, Older Adults, LTSS, Long Term Services and Supports, state policy, financing, delivery system, integration, HCBS
The current growth of the population age 65 and older is one of the most significant demographic trends in the history of this country and is especially significant for Maine, where the number of people age 65 and older is growing even faster than the rest of the nation. By 2025, over a quarter of Maine’s population is expected to be age 65 and older. Because the cost of long term paid support is out of reach for many Mainers, public financing—particularly Medicaid financing—is an essential tool for addressing the long term support needs of older adults. But Medicaid is only one tool, not enough to get the job done. As Maine prepares itself for increasing demand on public resources, it needs to use those resources as cost-effectively as possible by finding new ways to use Medicaid, leveraging and supporting the power of community, and fostering cost-effective innovations to make living at home—the preferred option for most people—a reality whenever possible.
This report provides a snapshot of Maine’s older adults, the primary service options in place now, and the key policy levers available for ensuring that public resources are put to their optimal use to make sure that, as we age, we are able to live healthy, active, secure and engaged lives no matter the type of support we might need.
Funding Organization or Grant
Maine Health Access Foundation
Griffin E, Gattine E. Charting a Pathway Forward: Redesigning and Realigning Supports and Services for Maine's Older Adults. Portland, ME: University of Southern Maine, Muskie School of Public Service; September, 2017.