According to a new report, Florida ranks 44th in the U.S. for long-term care.

The AARP, the Commonwealth Fund, and The SCAN Foundation have released a report titled, β€œA State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers.”

According to the report (.pdf), the study is β€œa multidimensional approach to measure state-level performance of long-term services and supports (LTSS) systems that provide assistance to older people and adults with disabilities.”

The study examines state performance in four areas: (1) affordability and access; (2) choice of setting and provider; (3) quality of life and quality of care; and (4) support for family caregivers.

Florida was ranked in the bottom quartile overall. According to the study, many of the β€œlagging states [that] scored in the bottom half of states on most dimensions … are in the South, and have among the lowest median incomes and highest rates of both poverty and disability in the nation.”

The report shows that low-performing states should improve choice and financial eligibility standards in their Medicaid programs.

Furthermore, according to the report, β€œthe Affordable Care Act offers states promising new incentives for improving their LTSS systems, and the lowest-performing states have the most to gain by taking advantage of these new provisions.”

Florida recently overhauled its long-term care Medicaid program. The state has also not been accepting money or implementing programs from the Affordable Care Act in the state.

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