AARP Policy Symposium: International Lessons for the United States on Financing Long-Term Service and Supports


Publish Date: January  23,  2015


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Sharing Lessons from Europe in Financing and Delivery of Long Term Support Services
Joan Costa Font
Associate Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

January 23, 2015 

Continuing the work of the National Long-Term Care Commission, a number of stakeholder groups have been meeting to address the challenges of financing and delivering long-term services and supports (LTSS) to a rapidly aging population. Finding a way forward in light of the current political and budget deficit environment is no easy task, but innovative solutions are needed – solutions that involve financing from both public and private sources.

This symposium highlighted the distinct approaches taken in France, Germany, and the United Kingdom with potential lessons for the United States as policymakers grapple with promoting the optimal mix of public and private financing to deal with projected demands for long-term services and supports.

Debra B. Whitman, AARP’s own Executive Vice President, Policy, Strategy, and International Affairs, opened the event and introduced a lively panel discussion moderated by Howard Gleckman, a Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute.  

Presentations were made by:

Pamela Nadash, Associate Professor of Gerontology, McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts, Boston
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Jane Vass, Head of Public Policy, Age UK, United Kingdom
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Matthias Von Schwanenflügel, Head of the Division for Demographic Change, Older People and Social Welfare, Federal Ministry of Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany
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