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


North Carolina has had a Certificate of Need (CON) Program for nursing homes since 1981. Consequently, compared to other states, they have a lower number of nursing home beds per person age 65+ than the national average: 3.8 percent compared to 4.2 percent. The current occupancy rate is 87.9 percent compared to the national average of 82.9 percent.1

1. Gregory, S.R. and Gibson, M.J., Across the States: Profiles of Long Term Care. Public Policy Institute, AARP, November 2002.

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