Three things you should know this week

August 22, 2014 § 1 Comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week:

Women are more reliable caregivers than men

A Princeton University study has found that, on average, daughters care for their aging parents 12.3 hours per month, but sons clock in only 5.6 hours. The study’s author points out that “the amount of elderly parent care daughters provide is associated with constraints they face, such as employment or childcare,” but “sons’ caregiving is associated only with the presence or absence of other helpers, such as sisters or a parent’s spouse.” Time to step up, guys!

Is housing a form of healthcare?

Some believe that providing safe, “supportive” housing to vulnerable populations can cut health care costs, and they say that Medicaid should help pay to create that housing. With this in mind, housing programs are being tested in places like New York State, which is investing “in supportive housing for high-risk homeless and unstably housed Medicaid recipients.”

Strong enrollment for Virginia’s dual-eligible pilot

Since its launch in March, more than 38,000 of Virginia’s 73,000 dual-eligibles have enrolled in Commonwealth Coordinated Care. Like One Care plan in Massachusetts, Commonwealth Coordinated Care seeks to improve care and cut costs through a coordinated, managed care approach. Virginia officials say that they cannot yet determine if the three-year pilot program will reach the $44 million in projected savings called for in the state budget.

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