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

12/01/2003

We consulted with three state staff and policy makers regarding the technical details of the state's programs and interviewed two of them. In addition, we interviewed the founding director and a former director of Oregon's Senior and Disabled Services Division (SDSD) (since renamed Seniors and People with Disabilities (SPD). These two respondents are now private long term care policy consultants. In addition, we interviewed six stakeholders, including representatives of residential care provider associations, residential care providers, consumer advocates, the state ombudsman program, a nurse who works in the program, and a county agency that administers the Medicaid waiver program.

The interviews focused on respondents' views about several key areas and issues. This section summarizes their views and provides illustrative examples of their responses. These comments are not verbatim quotes, but have been paraphrased to protect the respondents' anonymity and edited for brevity. A list of information sources for the state description and the individuals interviewed can be found at the end of this summary.

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