fiscal cliff

Fiscal Cliff Deal Repeals CLASS Act, Creates Long-Term Care Commission

The New Year's budget agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff includes two key measures that could be critical to people receiving long-term supports and services and their caregivers. The first repeals the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act. The second creates a new national commission to develop a plan for better financing and delivery of long-term care services. Unfortunately, there may be [...]

States Expand their Medicaid Community-Based Services but Their Benefits Vary Widely

Slowly but surely, more people who receive Medicaid benefits for long-term supports and services are getting their care at home rather than in nursing facilities. Still, only about 3.3 million seniors and younger people with disabilities who require long-term care get such help at home—about 1 million more than in 2000. Overall, the program now spends about $50 billion or [...]

Medicaid and the Frail Elderly

Medicaid is in the budget bull’s eye. But many lawmakers aiming to cut the program have no idea what it does, and how important it is to frail seniors who need help with daily living. The popular image of Medicaid: health care for a poor mother and her children. The all-too-common reality: long-term supports and services for an 85-year old [...]

By |2012-11-19T14:11:59-05:00November 19th, 2012|Aging, Federal senior services programs, Medicaid|1 Comment