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Improving health care delivery to aging adults with disabilities: social work with dual eligibles in a climate of health care reform.

Authors
  • Bachman, Sara S1
  • Gonyea, Judith G
  • 1 School of Social Work, Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts 02215, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Gerontological Social Work
Publisher
Informa UK (Taylor & Francis)
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2012
Volume
55
Issue
2
Pages
191–207
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/01634372.2011.626843
PMID: 22324334
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Adults aging with disabilities comprise a diverse group. In this article, we identify the prevalence and characteristics of this target population, focusing on adults who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid. We articulate challenges in the delivery of health, social, and support services to adults aging with disabilities, particularly how existing health care policy and financing contributes to fragmentation of care. Finally, we identify opportunities for social workers to advocate for and promote system improvements in the delivery of care for aging adults with disabilities in the current climate of health care reform.

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