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What's the Matter with Florida? Public Funding for Long-Term Care

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Publication Date: January 2006

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Madeleine Tress

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 81:3-4

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Health (Health services for older people)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Keywords: Allocations; Fundraising and Philanthopy; Elderly

Type: Report

Coverage: Florida


This article examines the role of the state of Florida as a social service provider and how it informs the long-term care of some of its most vulnerable citizens—Holocaust survivors. It shows how the state's traditionalist political culture favors low public spending and institutional care, resulting in inadequate home- and community-based services. After a review of the services available, the author suggests that stakeholders advocate that Florida follow the lead of other state governments that have entered into public-private partnerships with insurance companies that combine private long-term care insurance with special Medicaid eligibility standards.