New Reports Explain Medicaid’s Role in Long-Term Care and Track Trends
With short and long-term policy changes to the Medicaid program being discussed, its role in providing long-term care is receiving closer examination. Medicaid is the single largest source of financing for long-term care, accounting for nearly half of all the nation’s spending for long-term care services, and demographic trends are likely to place additional pressure on Medicaid. New attention is being focused on who relies on Medicaid for help with nursing home bills and how they qualify for the program. Additionally states have been shifting resources to more home and community-based care settings in recent years in an attempt to provide alternatives to institutional care.
The Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured has several new and recent reports highlighting the latest trends in Medicaid’s role for people with long-term care needs.