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National Spending for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), 2012
March 27, 2014


Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA


Long-term services and supports (LTSS) for the elderly and younger populations with disabilities are a significant component of national health care spending. In 2012, spending for these services was $219.9 billion (9.3 percent of all U.S. personal health care spending), almost two-thirds of which was paid by the federal-state Medicaid program. This publication presents data on LTSS spending by major public and private sources.

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See also "The Commission on Long-Term Care" (The Basics, October 17, 2013),  "Family Caregivers: The Primary Providers of Assistance to People with Functional Limitations and Chronic Impairments" (Background Paper No. 84, January 11, 2013), "Assisted Living: Facilities, Financing, and Oversight" (The Basics, January 29, 2013), "Medicaid Managed Long-Term Services and Supports (MMLTSS): Increasing State Interest and Implications for Consumers, Quality of Care, Providers, and Costs" (Forum Session, May 11, 2012), and "Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs): Federal and State Efforts to Guide Consumers Through the Long-Term Services and Supports Maze" (Background Paper No. 81, November 19, 2010).

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