Federal Medicaid Officials Encouraging States To Use Home Care Instead Of Nursing Homes
The effort comes as states begin moving toward more home-based care. Also, consumer advocates in Alabama decry the effects of Medicaid budget cuts there.
CMS Urges States To Use Medicaid To Care For Disabled At Home
CMS has released guidance that encourages states to use Medicaid funds to keep elderly and physically and mentally disabled beneficiaries at home and in community-based settings instead of nursing homes. The agency hopes the document will remedy a longstanding imbalance between institutional and home and community-based care, it said. (Dickson, 8/3)
Medicaid Budget Cut: 'These Cuts Affect All Alabamians'
Cuts to Medicaid in Alabama went into effect this week, kicking off a media blitz by a grass-roots organization seeking to bring attention to the shortfall in health care coverage primarily for children. Representatives of the #IAmMedicaid movement spoke at a press conference Wednesday in Huntsville, highlighting repeatedly the ripple effect of Medicaid cuts to everyone in Alabama. (Gattis, 8/3)