Medicaid initiatives that push long-term home, community care over nursing homes could end this year,” by Danielle Brown, McKnight’s LTC News
“Funding deadlines are nearing for two initiatives that encourage Medicaid beneficiaries to use long-term home and community care, according to two Kaiser Family Foundation reports. The short-term funding extension for Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) program and the spousal impoverishment provision under the Affordable Care Act are both set to expire Dec. 31. States receive enhanced federal matching funds to help seniors and people with disabilities move from institutions to the community through the MFP program, one report explained.”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Both programs, while pursuing the desirable goal of home care, increase Medicaid LTC subsidies for the middle class and decrease the likelihood people will plan early and responsibly for long-term care.