“Medicaid’s Role in Nursing Home Care”

Medicaid’s Role in Nursing Home Care,” Kaiser Family Foundation

Nursing homes are key providers of long-term care in the US, supplying medical, skilled nursing, and rehabilitative services on an inpatient basis to individuals who need help with self-care, such as bathing and dressing. As of 2015, there were 1.4 million people, primarily seniors, served in nearly 16,000 nursing homes.

Medicaid is the primary payer for nursing home care, providing needed long-term care services not offered by Medicare that would otherwise be unaffordable for seniors with low incomes and relieving the care burden from families.

Medicaid currently provides federal matching funds with no pre-set limit that help states cover nursing home care. Medicaid restructuring and cuts in federal funds as proposed in the American Health Care Act could limit states’ ability to provide these services.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
This is advocacy masquerading as scholarship. The point should not be how much the country depends on Medicaid for nursing home care, but rather how we can reduce that dependency. The key to the solution is to re-direct Medicaid to the needy and get others to plan, save, invest and insure so they have options other than nursing homes underfinanced by public welfare.

Medicaid’s Role in Nursing Home Care