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

12/01/2003

All of the respondents we interviewed believed that their states' decision to use Medicaid to provide services in residential care settings was the right one. In states using the personal care option in their state plan, respondents felt that Medicaid had brought much needed revenues to a residential care sector that historically had been under-funded for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients. In states using the waiver program, respondents felt that by providing an alternative to nursing homes for waiver clients who cannot be served at home, Medicaid funding had both afforded consumers additional long term care options and saved the states money.

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