Eldercare Workforce Alliance Pleased Affordable Care Act Workforce Provisions Remain
June 28, 2012
New York, NY — The Eldercare Workforce Alliance (EWA) is pleased that, because of the Supreme Court’s decision today regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA), provisions within the ACA that support older adults, family caregivers, and the workforce who specializes in caring for them, will remain intact. These efforts are crucial to addressing the national eldercare workforce crisis.
Over the next 18 years, ten thousand Americans will turn 65 every day. By 2050, the number of Americans over 85 will quadruple. Yet our workforce is ill-prepared to provide the unique care that is required by older adults. EWA will continue to advocate to ensure that the vital programs needed to prepare our workforce to care for our aging population included in the ACA receive adequate funding.
Programs within ACA that support efforts to strengthen the workforce include:
- Geriatrics Health Professions Education and Training
- Training Opportunities for Direct Care Workers
- Direct Care Worker Demonstration for Personal and Home Care Aides
- National Health Care Workforce Commission & Assessment
- Care Coordination Demonstration Grants
- Home and Community Based Services