Friday, January 03, 2014

Obamacare may help transition from nursing home back to family in Medicaid-supplemented states

States that decided to accept the Medicaid extension with the Affordable Care Act may find it easier to move elderly in nursing homes back into the homes of willing family members, according to a front page story in the Washington Post Friday January 3, 2014 by Tara Bahrampour, “Elderly making transition to elder care at home”, link here.  
The annual average cost throughout the nation of a nursing home stay is about $75000, but it is $110000 in Washington DC.  
My mother spent about $88000 on in-home care during the last year of her life in 2010.
The program for those ineligible for regular Medicaid is called Money Follows the Person.
The article explains that depending on nursing homes to take care of the wave of Alzheimers that is developing will be economically unsustainable.  

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