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

12/01/2003

Respondents agreed that additional revenue was needed to fund all components of the states' long term care system and that states needed to make more extensive use of the Medicaid program. However, given the current budget crisis in the states, virtually all realized that increased state funding was highly unlikely. Since many of the specific suggestions for improving the residential care system require funding, most were not optimistic that suggested changes would happen. However, several respondents in Florida felt that Medicaid coverage of services in residential care lowered nursing home utilization, and so saved the state money.

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