The push is an effort to keep seniors out of nursing homes as states struggle with the rising demand for long-term care and its effect on state Medicaid spending.
States are being pushed to keep more low-income seniors out of nursing homes and, instead, enroll them in home and community-based programs. The shift comes as demand for long-term care continues to rise. By 2050, the number of people older than 85 is expected to triple. The tug-of-war between rising demand and controlling costs has advocates for seniors worrying about quality of care. Medicaid is one of the largest expenses for states, and also a program they look to to cut for savings when their budgets are tight. Medicaid spending on long-term care for seniors rose by 4 percent, to nearly $89 billion in fiscal year 2013.
Read the full story here The Associated Press: New Push To Keep Seniors In Home, Community-Based Programs
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