Every year since 2006, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has released "The Case for Inclusion," a ranking of how well state Medicaid programs serve Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Illinois ranked 47th out of 51 states (including the District of Columbia). Per the report: "All states still have room for improvement, but some states have consistently remained at the bottom of the ranking since 2007, including Arkansas (#49), Illinois (#47), Mississippi (#51), and Texas (#50) primarily due to the small portion of people and resources dedicated to those in small or home-like settings in these four states."
Here is the 2016 report.
AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and the SCAN Foundation have just released the third edition of their "Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard" (2017 Edition). The report finds that the states of Washington, Minnesota, Vermont, Oregon, and Alaska are best at providing support for home healthcare for older adults and their family caretakers.
Emphasizing home and community-based living makes both emotional and fiscal sense. Not only do 9 out of 10 Americans express a preference for inclusive living, but it is by far the most affordable option. On average, home care costs about $128 per day but care in a nursing home costs approximately $230 a day.
Washington tops the list of states because it prioritizes support for home and community-based care. Here are the seven distinct lessons Illinois can learn from how Washington helped more adults age in place:
Contributed by the committee officers of Inclusion PAC.