“Seniors Suffer Amid Widespread Fraud by Medicaid Caretakers,” by Kaiser Health News

“An Alaska man developed gangrenous toes. A Philadelphia woman froze to death on the street. An Illinois woman died emaciated, covered in excrement. These patients suffered as their government-paid caretakers neglected them, collecting paychecks under a Medicaid program that gives elderly and disabled people non-medical assistance at home. In some cases, the caretakers convicted of neglect were the victims’ own family members. The Personal Care Services program, which exceeded $14.5 billion in fiscal year 2014, is rife with financial scams, some of which threaten patient safety, according to a recent report from the Office of lnspector General at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

LTC Comment (from Stephen A. Moses, President, Center for Long-Term Care Reform):
Remember that Boston College Center for Retirement Research (BCCRR) report that concluded people don’t need private LTCI because Medicaid is the preferred choice?  You couldn’t ask for a better refutation of the idiotic conclusion than this article.

Seniors Suffer Amid Widespread Fraud by Medicaid Caretakers