CBO: Senior Care Will See More Experimentation Toward Reducing Costs

With baby boomers projected to tip the senior population landscape with a proportion of one in every five Americans by 2050, there’s a large question as to where they will live and how they will receive necessary care.

Home care has risen as one possible solution, writes a Congressional Budget Office report published this week.

“Government programs that assist frail elderly people, such as Medicaid, have experimented with several different models of health care financing and delivery,” CBO writes. “One major change has been the gradual shift to providing care to people as they continue to live in private homes rather than in institutional settings.”

The market for those receiving “informal care” is in the ballpark of $234 billion as of 2011, according to the CBO. It will rise as more and more seniors seek care, prompting a need for more experimentation as to the possible solutions for care delivery. 

“The projected growth in programs that devote many of their resources to addressing the needs of elderly people—through Social Security payments and spending for Medicare and Medicaid—will generate pressure on federal and state budgets, suggesting that various forms of experimentation will probably occur in the future as part of attempts to reduce costs,” CBO writes. 

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Written by Elizabeth Ecker