What Does the Law Say about Medicare/Medicaid Paying for Assistive Care?

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In a world where people are only getting older, the population of the elderly needing care and attention from others will forever grow and be a demanding need. Currently, “Medicaid provides health care coverage to more than 4.6 million low income seniors, who are also enrolled in Medicare.” (Seniors & Medicare and Medicaid Enrollees) “Medicaid serves the impoverished/disabled while Medicare serves those aged over 65.” (Place Elderly on Medicaid) Although not everyone who is aged needs the assistive care that nursing home and assisted living facilities can provide for them, it’s a good option to look into when you or are loved one are beginning to age and need a little more attention than normal. Medicare is a “federal health care funding program available for people older than the age of 65 and those younger who have been entitled on receiving social security disability insurance benefits.” (Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid) While everyone at one point is eligible for Medicare, the elderly are finding themselves dependent on the care from others and assisted living facilities and nursing homes can provide those needs for them. “Health Care Systems are major resources of technological advances for people with disabilities.” (Insurance, Medicare and Medicaid) Just as we have discussed in class, the health care industry is turning to more time and effort being spent on the elderly in assistive care as opposed to hospitals when it comes to the elderly. When talking about Medicaid, “the program allows for the coverage of long term care services through several vehicles and over a continuum of settings, institutional care and home and community based long term services and supports.” (Long Term Services and Support) I ...

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Place Elderly on Medicaid. Retrieved on March 5, 2014 from http://www.ehow.com/how_5670542_place-elderly-medicaid.html
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Seniors & Medicare and Medicaid Enrollees. Retrieved on March 8, 2014 from http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Population/Medicare-Medicaid-Enrollees-Dual-Eligibles/Seniors-and-Medicare-and-Medicaid-Enrollees.html

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