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Aging, health, and social policy: crisis and crossroads

Journal of Aging & Social Policy

Author: Estes, C. L.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1989

Abstract:

Seven major turning points in the evolution of U.S. aging policy over the past 50 years are identified & reviewed: (1) the Social Security Act, (2) the Great Society, (3) the federalization of Old Age Assistance, (4) the enactment of comprhensive social services, (5) Social Security improvements, (6) New Federalism, & (7) medical cost-containment policies under Medicare & Medicaid. In the 1980s, significant & growing problems of uninsurance & underinsurance for health care have re-emerged. Simultaneously, state Medicaid programs are characterized by their increasing variation & inequities, while there has been a decline in access for the poor. The future of aging policy will be decided in the context of four sociodemographic realities: (1) population aging, (2) trends in mortality & morbidity, (3) the relationship between income & health, & (4) aging as a woman's issue. A call is made for a recommitment to the public interest & to public solutions which affirm that health care is an inalienable right.


Further Details

Full Title: Journal of Aging & Social Policy
Pages: 17-32
Volume: 1
Issue: 1-2
Accession Number: 1.4.03
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 19/08/2013
Keywords: North Americaolderhealth improvementpolicy compliance
Reads: 185
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