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Helping Older Medicare Beneficiaries with Physical or Cognitive Impairment

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More than half of Americans who live to age 65 will at some point experience physical or cognitive impairment requiring long-term services and supports. In two new Commonwealth Fund issue briefs, Amber Willink, Karen Davis, and Cathy Schoen explore:

  • The needs of beneficiaries with physical or cognitive impairment, the likelihood they will be placed in nursing homes and enrolled in Medicaid, and their out-of-pocket costs. 
  • Policy options for ensuring that Medicare beneficiaries can get the long-term services and supports they need to live independently—without incurring devastating financial burden. 

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