Since the attorneys of Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates, PC assist clients with estate planning and elder law needs, including Medicaid, the debate centering around the proposal to give states block grants is very important to us and to our clients.
Medicaid, the nation’s largest health insurer, is a program that covers health benefits for more than 73 million low-income Americans. The money is jointly funded by federal and state tax dollars. Each state determines how it runs its own Medicaid program as long as the state’s rules are not more restrictive than federal Medicaid rules. For example, states decide:
- what services will be covered
- the way health care providers are paid for those services
- whether a managed care system will be used
- who qualifies for Medicaid
The prospect of funding cuts is of grave concern to us as elder law attorneys, for two crucially important reasons:
- the Medicaid program provides medical assistance to low-income individuals, including those who are 65 or older, disabled or blind.
- Medicaid is the single largest payer of nursing home bills in America, and serves as the option of last resort for people who have no other way to finance their long term care
Hopefully, the amount of money Indiana will have to invest in healthcare services will not be reduced due to block grants.
- by Rebecca W. Geyer