The aging of the baby boom generation will create dramatic public policy challenges in the U.S. over the coming decades, and Hawai'i is at the forefront of that demographic tsunami. The number of people needing care is predicted to grow dramatically, while the number of workers and informal family caregivers fails to keep pace with that growth. Hawai'i has one of the oldest and most rapidly aging populations in the country, so the difficulties encountered here will be earlier and more intense than elsewhere. The Public Policy Center is conducting studies focused on economic factors in long term care, such as self-insurance and caregiver subsidies.
The Public Policy Center is providing administrative and research support for an appointed body of Hawai'i state government charged with identifying needed reforms of the long-term care system, researching program changes and resources needed to meet the state’s long-term care goals, and exploring funding options that my help support the provision of long-term care services. A contract involving the Hawai'i Department of Human Services and the U.S. Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services provides financial support for the research being conducted by the Commission.
Act 224 of the State of Hawai'i established the Long Term Care Commission in 2008. The Commission is composed of 15 appointees with a broad range of experience and expertise in long-term care. The five directors of the departments of Health, Human Services, Taxation, Labor, and Commerce sit as non-voting ex-officio members. The Commission is charged with identifying needed reforms of the long-term care system, researching program changes and resources needed to meet the state’s long-term care goals, and exploring funding options that my help support the provision of long-term care services. The Public Policy Center at the University of Hawai'i facilitates the work of the Commission by providing administrative and policy support.
The Commission held a public hearing to present its draft final report in Conference Room 229 of the State Capitol January 6 2011, from 2:00-4:00pm.
The Commission held a public hearing to present its draft interim report in the Auditorium of the State Capitol March 10 2011, from 3:00-5:00pm.
The Commission will receive a number of reports from researchers, prior to assembly of its own final report. These documents will inform our deliberations and recommendations, but the reports from contractors do not stand as official positions of the Commission.
As a public agency, the Commission meets in accordance with Hawai'i sunshine laws. Meetings (with a written agenda) are posted on the state calendar at least 6 days ahead of time, and minutes of meetings are publicly available.
The Public Policy Center issued a call for proposals to execute a two year research project supporting the Long Term Care Commission. After disseminating an open Request for Proposals, the Commission received five excellent proposals. Following a competitive selection process, the Research Triangle Institute (RTI) was awarded the contract.