Medicaid in Residential Care. Summary and Conclusions


An important goal of the Medicaid program is for lower-income Medicaid beneficiaries to receive mainstream care--that is, to receive roughly the same care as non-Medicaid beneficiaries. Although most people living in RCFs pay privately, 43 percent of RCFs have at least one resident for whom Medicaid pays their LTC services and Medicaid pays for at least some of the LTC services of 19 percent of residents. This study uses the 2010 NSRCF to examine whether Medicaid and non-Medicaid-participating RCFs and Medicaid and non-Medicaid residents differ, and if so, on what characteristics.

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