Medicaid’s Home Health ChallengesPolitico: Home Care Tripped Up By Red Tape
It's common sense: It is generally better to help the disabled or elderly stay in their homes and communities than to put them in institutionalized care. At home, they have a higher quality of life and a social support system. For those who don't need around-the-clock care, home care can also be much less expensive. But Medicaid, which pays for 40 percent of long-term care in the United States, has had a hard time shifting away from its bias toward institutionalized care (Feder, 2/15). This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.