By Athena Mandros

One interesting discovery we made in the discussion of the various health care reform proposals is that many consumers don’t realize that a significant portion of Medicaid funds go to the 65+ population. While Medicare covers health care services for the 65+ population – hospitalizations, emergency rooms, pharmaceuticals, etc. – it is Medicaid that pays for long-term care for this population. That includes services for individuals with functional limitations needing assistance performing routine daily activities – as well as residential services including nursing homes, assisted living programs, and continuing retirement communities. I think this distinction is being lost in the current public…
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