Long-term Care Policy: A Woman's Issue

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Shipman, Dana, “Long-term Care Policy: A Woman's Issue,” Scholar@Simmons, accessed April 4, 2020, https://beatleyweb.simmons.edu/scholar/items/show/234.

Title

Long-term Care Policy: A Woman's Issue

Creator

Shipman, Dana

Date

2013

Description

This study examines the effect of long-term care policy in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on the economic well-being of elder women in America. Using qualitative analysis of policy outcomes, this paper explores the PPACA to identify specific design elements that ignore the female lifecycle. This report establishes that current long-term care policy addresses lesser-impaired women and their caregivers, but falls short in addressing the needs of the most vulnerable populations, those needing institutional care. Thus, I argue that future health care policy makers should acknowledge the full nature of women’s needs in retirement because (1) women compose the majority of those using long-term care services, (2) they have more trouble paying for these services because they reach and continue in retirement with less income than men, yet they pay more for healthcare services than men and (3) younger women compose the bulk of those providing informal, unpaid caregiving to the elder women needing long-term care services, which in turns affects these younger women’s workforce participation, thus repeating the cycle of poverty.

Publisher

Simmons College (Boston, Mass.)

Format

1 PDF (36 Pages)

Language

English

Type

Masters Theses