“Nursing homes located in minority neighborhoods and with more low-income patients have notably lower quality and worse fiscal stress, two State University of New York researchers have found. . . . The researchers found that:
• Medicaid-dependent nursing homes have higher levels of fiscal stress than those that are paid with private funds;
• A 1 percent increase in the number of neighborhood residents living in poverty was associated with a 1.2-point drop in ratings of quality;
• A 1 percent increase in the number of neighborhood residents who are black is associated with lower financial operating ratios and lower quality ratings; and nursing homes serving primarily racial minorities had a 2.6 percent lower quality-rating score.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
By making Medicaid LTC benefits easy for affluent people to receive, the government overloaded the program and left it unable to afford quality care. So, poor people, who are most dependent on Medicaid and for whom the program is supposed to be a safety net, get lower quality care. According to this data, the system is racist too.