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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid Long-Term Services Reforms in the Deficit Reduction Act

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA) was signed by the President in February 2006 and included major changes to the Medicaid program. This brief provides an overview of the changes to the rules and direction of Medicaid long-term care services as enacted in the DRA.Issue Brief (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Private Long-Term Care Insurance: A Viable Option for Low and Middle-Income Seniors?

In the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the federal government made it harder for individuals to qualify for Medicaid nursing home benefits by increasing penalties on individuals who have transferred assets for less than fair market value during the past five years and by making individuals with home equity above…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Frontline Perspectives on Long-Term Care Financing Decisions and Medicaid Assets Transfer Practices

Frontline Perspectives on Long-Term Care Financing Decisions and Medicaid AssetsTransfer PracticesIn the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, Congress tightened Medicaid asset transfer rules for individuals qualifying for Medicaid assistance with nursing home bills. Research on asset transfer shows a low incidence of asset transfers and limited cost savings from tightening…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Paying for Nursing Home Care: Asset Transfer and Qualifying for Medicaid

Paying for Nursing Home Care: Asset Transfer and Qualifying for MedicaidThis snapshot presents key facts on who relies on nursing home services and highlights research findings on asset transfer and its impact on Medicaid eligibility.Issue Brief (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Long-Term Care:  Understanding Medicaid’s Role for the Elderly and Disabled

Long-Term Care: Understanding Medicaid’s Role for the Elderly and DisabledThis updated report provides a review of how Medicaid works for people with long-term care needs and describes the fiscal challenges that states currently face and that Medicaid may face in the future as the population ages.Report (.pdf)Executive Summary (.pdf)

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

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…

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The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Asset Transfer and Nursing Home Use

Asset Transfer and Nursing Home UseThis issue brief examines asset transfer data of elderly nursing home residents and finds that for those who qualify for Medicaid, their average asset transfer are small, sufficient to cover about one month of private nursing home care.Issue Brief (.pdf)

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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

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

Strategies to Keep Consumers Needing Long-Term Care in the Community and Out of Nursing Facilities

In recent years states have been trying to shift resources from institutional to home and community based long-term care services. This report examines “transition” and “diversion” policies and practices in eight states. It provides a sense of what state Medicaid programs are doing or could be doing to promote diversion.Report…

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