Report suggests shifting nursing home care to Medicare program
February 16, 2009 Consolidating certain aspects of financing care for some of the poorest older and disabled Americans at the federal level could soften the blow significantly to state budgets, a new analysis shows. Shifting long-term care coverage from Medicaid to Medicare is one of the report’s recommendations.
Moving more of the cost of care for so-called dual-eligibles – the 9 million Americans eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare – from Medicaid to Medicare could save states as much as $47 billion annually, say study authors from the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, and researchers at the Urban Institute. A majority of nursing home residents fit under the “dual eligible” label.
Although dual eligibles make up only 18% of the Medicaid population, they account for nearly 50% of all Medicaid medical spending. The analysis can be found at www.kff.org/medicaid/7862.cfm.