“What if you had to go to the hospital, and when it came time to return home, your landlord said you couldn’t move back in? Across the country, thousands of nursing home residents face that situation every year. In most cases, it’s a violation of federal regulations. But those rules are rarely enforced by the states. So, in California, some nursing home residents are suing the state, hoping to force it to take action. … Chicotel [a staff attorney with California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform] says the residents most likely to be refused readmission fit a particular type. First, they’re all on Medicaid, which pays nursing homes less than they get from Medicare or private insurance. Second, he says, these are patients who are behaviorally difficult to manage – for example, ‘residents with mental health issues or significantly advanced dementia, or maybe traumatic brain injury.’ They’re undesirable, says Chicotel, ‘because they might take a disproportionate amount of labor time.’”
LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
It is absurd to blame nursing homes for this problem. Medicaid pays them less than the cost of providing the care. In the end, you get what you pay for and don’t get what you don’t. This is the world government financed long-term care created. The only way to avoid it is to plan responsibly to pay privately for long-term care.