Fundamentals Briefing

Health Policy Essentials: The Fundamentals of Long-Term Services and Supports
April 1, 2011


Carol V. O'Shaughnessy, MA


Long-term services and supports (LTSS) refer to a broad range of supportive services needed by people who have limitations in their capacity for self-care because of a physical, cognitive, or mental disability or condition. Spending for LTSS is a significant component of national health care spending: in 2009, spending for these services was almost 10 percent of all U.S. personal health care spending, primarily financed by the federal-state Medicaid program. This Forum session provided an overview of LTSS, including the population who receives services, providers of care, and principle financing sources.


Peter Kemper, PhD, Professor of Health Policy and Administration and Demography, Pennsylvania State University and Harriet Komisar, PhD, Research Professor, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown Public Policy Institute Georgetown University

Slides from the presentations by Drs. Kemper and Komisar are available for download.

Related Materials

In 2015, a new version of the Forum's Health Policy Essentials series was conducted; please see its briefing book here.

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