Both Colorado and the United States face a crisis over long-term care for our aging population. (Baby boomers, this means you.)
In a few years, an unparalleled demographic shift will begin to place unprecedented demands on both our health care and long-term-care systems. When this shift reaches its peak in 2030, 61 million Americans will be between 66 and 84 years old. In that same year, 9 million people will be older than age 84.
Colorado took a small but very important step today that will help more older Coloradans with long-term care needs, allowing them to stay in their homes longer and saving the state money in the process. Gov. John Hickenlooper did that by signing Senate Bill 127, which will improve funding for the state's 16 Area Agencies on Aging.
Bob Semro, the Bell's policy analyst on health care issues, recently presented a webinar titled "Baby Boomers, Seniors and the Long-Term Care Challenge."
The webinar was prepared for the Society of Certified Senior Associates, a national organization that educates professionals who work with seniors on a wide range of issues. The presentation explores institutional challenges facing baby boomers and seniors over the next two decades with regard to long-term care.
Bob Semro, the Bell's policy analyst on health care issues, recently conducted a webinar on how the Affordable Care Act will affect seniors.
This informative presentation was well-received, and we wanted to make it available to a wider audience. The webinar was prepared for the Society of Certified Senior Associates, a national organization that educates professionals who work with seniors on a wide range of issues.
Last Friday, Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law Senate Bill 12-128, which will create a pilot program to help determine whether assisted-living facilities represent a cost-effective alternative for providing long-term care, as well as a better choice for residents and their families who are weighing their options.
Testimony to the House Health and Environment Committee
Robert Semro, policy analyst
March 22, 2012
My name is Robert Semro, and I am a policy analyst with the Bell Policy Center. The Bell is a non-partisan, non-profit research and policy organization founded on progressive values and dedicated to expanding opportunity for all Coloradans.