Using Medicaid to Cover Services for Elderly Persons in Residential Care Settings: State Policy Maker and Stakeholder Views in Six States. Financing

12/01/2003

Given the budget crises facing most states, if a state is planning to start covering services in residential care settings through Medicaid, they should consider using a separate waiver program for assisted living only and limiting the number of slots. This approach will enable the state to fine tune the program and keep spending under control. Additionally, if funding is limited, home care will not wind up competing with residential care for the same funds.

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