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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Dual Eligible Home and Community-Based Waiver Program Participants and the New Medicare Drug Benefit

Dual eligible beneficiaries who participate in Medicaid home and community-based waiver programs usually do not have a centralized care provider to manage their health care benefits and services. For the new Medicare prescription drug benefit, no individual is designated to assist participants with their prescription drug plan selection, comparison of…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage for Residents of Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities: Special Problems and Concerns

This issue brief describes Medicare drug benefit policy issues for residents of nursing homes and other long-term care settings, such as assisted living facilities and board and care facilities. The brief addresses differing rules for nursing home and non-nursing home settings, as well as for dual eligibles residing in long-term…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

State Perspectives on Medicaid Long-term Care: Report from a July 2003 State Forum

This report summarizes discussions on Medicaid and long-term care at a forum with state officials held by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured in July of 2003. The forum, conducted by the National Academy of State Health Policy, addressed issues including Medicaid's role in long-term care, state fiscal…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Reports Explore Long-Term Care Issues Included in the Deficit Reduction Act

The Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005, which became law this February, includes several significant changes to Medicaid long-term care policies. The Kaiser Family Foundation's Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured is releasing five new reports on long-term care issues that were addressed by the DRA changes.Long-term care accounts for…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Asset Transfer and Nursing Home Use: Empirical Evidence and Policy Significance

Asset Transfer and Nursing Home Use: Empirical Evidence and Policy SignificanceDue to concern that wealthy elderly Americans were transferring assets to gain Medicaid coverage for nursing home care, the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA) of 2005 tightened Medicaid eligibility rules related to asset transfers. About 43 percent of all nursing home…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Olmstead at Five:  Assessing the Impact

Olmstead at Five: Assessing the ImpactThis report examines the impact of Olmstead v. L.C. five years after the United States Supreme Court’s 1999 landmark decision. The analysis brings together new research with a synthesis of research undertaken over the past five years, to help policymakers and program administrators understand the…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Long Term Care

Long Term CareDownload a printable .pdf of Health Care and the 2004 Elections: Long Term Care.IssueBackgroundOptions for Addressing Long Term Care NeedsAssessing Candidate PositionsIssueMillions of elderly and disabled Americans need long-term care services and supports. The aging of the population in the United States over the next several decades is…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Nursing Home Care Quality:  Twenty Years After the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987

Nursing Home Care Quality: Twenty Years After the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987To mark the 20th anniversary of the passage of landmark federal legislation to improve the quality of nursing home care, the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1987 (known as OBRA '87), this report explains the key provisions…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

The Wide Circle of Caregiving

The Kaiser Family Foundation helped conduct a national survey of over 1,000 informal caregivers in 1998 to assess the policy issues involved with this new, growing role for many family members and friends. Nearly one of every four adults (23 percent) is an informal caregiver, and, as the American population…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Nursing Home Staffing Standards

This policy brief describes the current federal staffing requirements and how states separately regulate staffing levels in nursing homes. It also presents data showing actual staffing levels in over half of this country’s nursing homes exceed the levels that states and the federal government require.

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