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The aging population and shortage of caregivers in Arizona has created a near-crisis. The state has responded by pairing its Medicaid program with three insurers in an effort to create a steady long-term care workforce.
Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) inked contracts with Southwest Catholic Health Network Corp., Banner-University Family Care and United Healthcare Community Plan. The Department of Economic Security’s Division of Developmental Disabilities will also be assisting in the effort.
Those organizations are collectively tasked with creating a sustainable solution to the caregiver workforce shortage by 2024.
Although Arizona faces a particularly steep aging population, the lack-of-caregivers problem is a nationwide issue.
A recent analysis from the New York-based PHI National found that in the decade spanning from 2018 to 2028, the in-home care industry will need to fill an estimated 4.7 million home care jobs.