The Fiftieth Anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid offers an opportunity to reflect on how American social policy has conceived of the problem of long-term care. In this essay, I argue that current policies adopt too narrow a conception of long-term care risk, by focusing on the effect of serious illness and disability on people who need care and not on the friends and family who often provide it. I propose a more complete view of long-term care risk that acknowledges how illness and disability reverberates through communities, posing insecurity for people beyond those in need of care.
Hoffman, Allison K.
"The Reverberating Risk of Long-Term Care,"
Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law, and Ethics:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yjhple/vol15/iss1/5