States should coordinate mental health services among all appropriate health, LTSS, and aging-network services.
Funds should be provided for education and training for long-term services and supports (LTSS) workers, especially those in short supply, such as certified nursing assistants.
Policymakers should remove barriers to the effective use and hiring of APRNs, such as nurse practitioners, in all LTSS settings.
Federal and state governments must ensure that Medicaid and other public program reimbursements are sufficient to pay wages and benefits that will attract and retain LTSS workers.
Policymakers should require a comprehensive national background check prior to employment for all LTSS workers.
Program participant cost-sharing for either community or institutional services should be modest. It should not favor one type of service over another.
Some tax revenues for a new LTSS program should be earmarked to an LTSS trust fund. This would build adequate reserves to cover later generations.
The federal government should create a public social insurance benefit that provides coverage for LTSS. It should be within Medicare or in a new public program.