March 13, 2017
Medicaid is a lifeline for nursing home residents and other long-term care consumers. But that lifeline may be taken away. The US House of Representatives has just issued a proposal to change the Medicaid program by going to a system of per capita caps. The proposal is part of a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. These changes to Medicaid would be devastating to nursing home residents and other long-term care consumers. Tell your members of congress to oppose per capita caps!
Here’s why per capita caps are so harmful:
They only give states a fixed amount of money per Medicaid beneficiary. The amount doesn’t change over time, so the result is a massive cut in Medicaid funding. For long-term care consumers, this means:
Nursing home quality care would decline because nursing homes would cut staff and there would be fewer nursing home inspectors (surveyors).To learn more about per capita caps and how they can hurt nursing home residents, other long-term care consumers and their families, go to our webpage on preserving Medicaid.Back to News Listing