Costs and Benefits of IHSS for the Elderly and People with Disabilities: A California Case Study

Source: Candace Howes, Ph.D., Connecticut College, Published with Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute, May 2010

From the press release:
A new study released today by the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and PHI concludes that reducing In Home Support Services (IHSS) in California will be costly for taxpayers. Currently, California’s Medicaid long-term care program, which includes IHSS, places among the top five states in terms of coverage, balance between nursing home and home- and community-based care, and cost effectiveness.

The study, Costs and Benefits of IHSS for the Elderly and People with Disabilities: A California Case Study, by Dr. Candace Howes, Professor of Economics at Connecticut College, refutes findings of a January 21, 2010, report from California’s Legislative Analyst’s Office (LAO) on the fiscal impact of the IHSS program, which provides daily supports for seniors and people with disabilities. The study shows the LAO underestimated the increase in costs that will be borne by taxpayers if Governor Schwarzenegger’s 2010-2011 budget proposal to reduce or eliminate IHSS services for 444,000 people were to be implemented. The IWPR-PHI study also shows that the state could achieve nearly equivalent savings and improve the quality of life for seniors and people with disabilities by shifting some of those who are in nursing homes into community care.

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