State to cut Medicaid benefits for the elderly

  • Article by: Chris Serres , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 21, 2013 - 11:36 PM

Advocates say new Medicaid rules for home-based care are shortsighted.

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rlwr51Dec. 21, 1311:48 PM

"But many low-income senior citizens and their advocates fear that limiting access to home-based care could cost taxpayers more in the long run by pushing thousands of seniors out of their homes" — - - - - - - - - - - - - - - I think that is the point, with all of the baby boomers coming "of age" buying up nursing homes is one of the latest investment schemes.

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DufferHDec. 22, 1312:25 AM

rlwr51: I don't know where you got that information, but it's not in line with the facts. Nursing homes are not looked on as a good investment. In fact, most are struggling to stay open. I really would like to see some data to support your claim.

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georgina17Dec. 22, 1312:57 AM

I think we have found where the State should be committing its budget surplus when the legislature convenes next month. The Elderly Waiver program has demonstrated huge savings for MN and has been a nationally recognized sucessful innovation. Cutting back on it and moving people unnecessarily to nursing homes is both cruel and financially irresponsible.

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coolnoutDec. 22, 13 4:57 AM

Another reason to hit life hard and get it over before becoming a ward of the state. I see no good for the elderly unless you are sitting on more money than no what to do with and can get quality care till the end. The rest of us are sitting ducks for the bean counters to dispose of.

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dlfriesenDec. 22, 13 5:34 AM

How much of these cost savings are, in fact, intended to be redirected to help finance Obamacare (MnSure in Minnesota) due to the larger than anticipated number of Medicaid enrollees in that program? It seems to me that spending dollars on the truly aged/frail is a far more sensible use of taxpayer dollars than waiting until they require a nursing home costing 3-4 times as much each month. Perhaps it would be more appropriate to reevaluate the Medicaid applications of those who are younger and capable of working. (Could it be the reason for not doing so is that the younger people vote ... while those confined to their homes do not)??

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olson123456Dec. 22, 13 6:10 AM

Providing in-home caretaking is going to be a lot less expensive over the long haul than having folks (like the woman in the story) who fall, injure themselves and end up in the hospital.

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martin68Dec. 22, 13 6:53 AM

MN is one of the states that recently accepted federal funding in exchange for dramatically increasing overall medicaid funding. The federal government only will pay for 2 years and then it will all be on the states. Just wait until that hits!

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sidhartmannDec. 22, 13 7:15 AM

We can't see the forest through the trees.

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howlinjagsDec. 22, 13 7:39 AM

Martin88 - read the law before you make false claims. ACA covers 90% of Medicaid in future years - after 100% initially

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mnavariceDec. 22, 13 7:43 AM

In an effort to constrain runaway Medicaid spending, Minnesota is implementing stricter rules that will make it harder for senior citizens to qualify for home-based services,---------- who passed/signed this legislation?

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