Maintaining Existing Medicaid Funding

Background

Several recent legislative efforts in Congress have included proposals that would cap the federal contribution (overall in a block grantA fixed federal appropriation that states may use at their discretion within broad federal guidelines. or per person in a per capita cap) to MedicaidA joint federal/state program that provides health care and LTSS. However, to qualify for Medicaid LTSS, people must have extremely low assets and income, or they have to “spend down” most of their assets. . Both a block grantA fixed federal appropriation that states may use at their discretion within broad federal guidelines. and a per capita cap would shift costs to the states and reduce the availability and quality of long-term services and supportsLTSS encompasses a broad range of assistance with activities of daily living and health-related tasks for people with functional limitations caused by physical or mental impairments. LTSS may be delivered in institutions or in a person’s home or a residential care setting. in both nursing facilities and home- and community-based settings.

MAINTAINING EXISTING MEDICAID FUNDING: Policy

MAINTAINING EXISTING MEDICAID FUNDING: Policy

Maintaining Medicaid funding

Congress and the states should ensure adequate MedicaidA joint federal/state program that provides health care and LTSS. However, to qualify for Medicaid LTSS, people must have extremely low assets and income, or they have to “spend down” most of their assets. funding and maintain existing guarantees for MedicaidA joint federal/state program that provides health care and LTSS. However, to qualify for Medicaid LTSS, people must have extremely low assets and income, or they have to “spend down” most of their assets. long-term services and supportsLTSS encompasses a broad range of assistance with activities of daily living and health-related tasks for people with functional limitations caused by physical or mental impairments. LTSS may be delivered in institutions or in a person’s home or a residential care setting. (LTSSLTSS encompasses a broad range of assistance with activities of daily living and health-related tasks for people with functional limitations caused by physical or mental impairments. LTSS may be delivered in institutions or in a person’s home or a residential care setting. ).

Congress should not change the current financing of MedicaidA joint federal/state program that provides health care and LTSS. However, to qualify for Medicaid LTSS, people must have extremely low assets and income, or they have to “spend down” most of their assets. to a block grantA fixed federal appropriation that states may use at their discretion within broad federal guidelines. or impose a per capita cap, both of which would shift costs and risks to states. Such a shift would severely undercut access to health care and LTSS (see also Chapter 7, Health: Health Care Coverage: MedicaidA joint federal/state program that provides health care and LTSS. However, to qualify for Medicaid LTSS, people must have extremely low assets and income, or they have to “spend down” most of their assets.).

Congress and the states should expand MedicaidA joint federal/state program that provides health care and LTSS. However, to qualify for Medicaid LTSS, people must have extremely low assets and income, or they have to “spend down” most of their assets. to improve access to LTSSLTSS encompasses a broad range of assistance with activities of daily living and health-related tasks for people with functional limitations caused by physical or mental impairments. LTSS may be delivered in institutions or in a person’s home or a residential care setting. and ensure adequate federal and state MedicaidA joint federal/state program that provides health care and LTSS. However, to qualify for Medicaid LTSS, people must have extremely low assets and income, or they have to “spend down” most of their assets. funding.