The Affordable Care Act could be replaced with the Trump administration's Better Care Reconciliation Act. In an effort to cut spending, funding for Medicaid is being cut.
What does this mean for nursing home residents?
Medicare does not currently offer long-time coverage. Residents can qualify for Medicaid once out-of-pocket payment resources for nursing home stays have been exhausted. Seventy-four million U.S. citizens, including people with disabilities, children, pregnant women, low-income families, and the elderly, depend on Medicaid. Forty-two percent of Medicaid spending is used by nursing home residents to cover their stay.
According to the Business Insider, "Cuts to Medicaid spending could put those services on the chopping block."
Under the Trump administration's health care plan, the extended Medicaid provisions made by Obamacare will be eliminated. The Federal government also plans to cut funding to states for Medicaid. The law requires nursing home stays to be covered by Medicaid, but with funding being cut, this would "limit the quality of care" patients receive at nursing homes.
Toby S. Edelman, a senior policy attorney at the Center for Medicare Advocacy expressed his predictions for the system to The New York Times:
"The states are going to make it harder to qualify medically for needing nursing home care. They'd have to be more disabled before they qualify for Medicaid assistance."
Experts claim that even if the Trump administration does not repeal the ACA, Medicaid will still be a cut Republicans aim to make.
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