Bipartisan Task Force Seeks Proposals for Aging in Place Solutions

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Health and Housing Task Force is seeking proposals on the best ways to address critical aging in place issues facing American seniors, and wants to hear from all stakeholders interested in providing viable solutions that help older adults remain in their homes and communities.

The Task Force, co-chaired by former Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary and reverse mortgage supporter Henry Cisneros, launched in March 2015 with the mission to underscore how better integration of housing and health care can enhance the quality of life for America’s seniors, foster positive health outcomes and reduce costs.

As part of this effort, the Task Force recently released a report outlining the various demographic challenges older adults face in the U.S. today.

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“We are now taking the opportunity to solicit feedback from knowledgeable stakeholders and colleagues in three priority areas of interest: financing modifications at home and in the community for aging in place; accessing affordable housing for seniors; and integrating housing and health programs for seniors,” the BPC Task Force stated in a press release issued Tuesday.

More specifically, the Task Force is also looking for proposals focused on cost-effective and innovative ways to modify both homes and communities that facilitate safe and viable independent living for seniors, as well as feedback on how to increase the supply of affordable housing for seniors, particularly housing with supportive services.

Additionally, other valuable proposals may include the need to integrate acute care with home- and community-based services in the Medicare and Medicaid programs; encourage collaboration among federal agencies to improve outcomes and promote greater efficiencies; along with ways to scale up successful models of care so seniors can remain at home or in their communities.

Persons interested in submitting comments must do so by close of business Monday, November 30. The BPC is asking to limit responses to a maximum of five pages and send to: HealthandHousing(at)bipartisanpolicy.org.

Written by Jason Oliva

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