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Home Health Care Serv Q. 2015;34(1):30-45. doi: 10.1080/01621424.2014.995259.

The role of the media in agenda setting: the case of long-term care rebalancing.

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a Department of Gerontology and Gerontology Institute , University of Massachusetts Boston , Boston , Massachusetts , USA.

Abstract

This study investigates the role of print media in state policy agendas in four states-Connecticut, Minnesota, Oregon, and Utah-in rebalancing long-term care away from institutions toward home- and community-based (HCBS) services. Ordinary least squares regression is used to model states' policy agendas, as measured by the proportion of Medicaid long-term care spending on HCBS expenditures and number of rebalancing bills proposed, from 1999 to 2008. Results reveal a relationship between states' rebalancing agendas and the extent of media coverage, and state economic, political, and programmatic characteristics. Findings suggest that media coverage reflects broader shifts in state-level attitudes toward rebalancing.

KEYWORDS:

Medicaid; agenda setting; home- and community-based services; long-term services and supports; mass media; state policy making

PMID:
25517684
PMCID:
PMC4838484
DOI:
10.1080/01621424.2014.995259
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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