The Current Trend in Long-Term Care Expenses
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The Current Trend in Long-Term Care Expenses

Long-term care is expensive. It makes sense that it’s expensive, as it cares for individuals who need assistance in daily living activities. But this population makes up 48 percent of the total spending while only 6 percent of the Medicaid population uses long-term care services, according to a 2007 Kaiser Family Foundation study. In this economically … Continue reading

Medicaid Managed Care for Costly Dual Eligibles
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Medicaid Managed Care for Costly Dual Eligibles

Medicaid and Medicare are government insurance programs developed to care for specific populations and the particular needs associated with that population. There are fundamental differences between the ways in which these programs are funded, the services they cover, and the people they serve. Medicare’s beneficiaries are elderly (65 or older) or disabled. It covers acute … Continue reading

Medicaid Expansion: The Bigger Picture
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Medicaid Expansion: The Bigger Picture

With 63 million enrollees, Medicaid provides coverage to low-income families, individuals with disabilities, and elderly individuals on Medicare who need assistance with cost sharing or services not covered under Medicare (dual eligibles).  In 2009, the Medicaid program dished out $346 billion on health care services, or $5492 per enrollee (obviously spending varies per person depending … Continue reading