Magazine article Policy & Practice

ICPC and Long-Term Care

Magazine article Policy & Practice

ICPC and Long-Term Care

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The Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children, or ICPC, has been in existence since 1960. But changing times, new laws and technology have made the compact obsolete. APHSA has been working to have a new ICPC adopted by states. In his column, Jerry Friedman, our executive director, tells us why you should help persuade your legislative leaders to adopt the new compact.

Health care costs are one of the biggest challenges for state public human service agencies, and long-term care costs are among the fastest rising of all health costs under Medicaid. In fact, by mid-century, the nation will be spending more on Medicaid than it currently spends on national defense. Much of this increase will be generated by the rapidly expanding demand for long-term care; states and the federal government are exploring ways to restrain the program's growth.

In this issue, we look at various aspects of long-term care. We examine the overall situation of the existing long-term care system and Medicaid, and study some innovative programs undertaken by states and local agencies-Minnesota, New York and North Carolina. We hope these stories about promising programs will help you come up with even more innovative programs to deal with your long-term care problems.

Communications officers tend to be a modest lot, notwithstanding their important role in transmitting policy goals to the public, shepherding agency messages to the media, and in general, keeping their directors out of trouble. We think it serves public human service agencies and their directors if we provide more information about what these communications officers do and how they do it. …

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