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


To expand the availability of affordable residential care, several suggested using other resources, such as HUD subsidies, social service block grant funding, food stamps, and any other public benefits for which elderly persons might be eligible. Some noted the difficulty of doing this when responsibility for the waiver program was in a separate agency that had few, if any, connections with the agencies handling other benefits.

Because Wisconsin does not limit the amount that residential care providers can charge for room and board, several respondents felt that the state needed to address this barrier in order to increase the availability of residential care for the Medicaid population.

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