Maintaining Existing Medicaid Funding

Background

Several recent legislative efforts in Congress have included proposals that would cap the federal contribution (overall in a block grant or per person in a per capita cap) to Medicaid. Both a block grant and a per capita cap would shift costs to the states and reduce the availability and quality of long-term services and supports Also known as Long-term Care (LTC), LTSS encompass a broad range of assistance needed by people of all ages who have cognitive or mental impairments and who may lack the physical ability to function independently.  In their basic form, LTSS consist of help with self-care and… in both nursing facilities and home- and community-based settings.

MAINTAINING EXISTING MEDICAID FUNDING: Policy

Maintaining Medicaid funding

In this policy: FederalState

Congress and the states should ensure adequate funding of Medicaid and maintain existing guarantees for Medicaid long-term services and supports Also known as Long-term Care (LTC), LTSS encompass a broad range of assistance needed by people of all ages who have cognitive or mental impairments and who may lack the physical ability to function independently.  In their basic form, LTSS consist of help with self-care and… ( LTSS Also known as Long-term Care (LTC), LTSS encompass a broad range of assistance needed by people of all ages who have cognitive or mental impairments and who may lack the physical ability to function independently.  In their basic form, LTSS consist of help with self-care and… ).

Congress should not change the current financing of Medicaid to a block grant or 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: Medicaid).

Congress and the states should expand Medicaid to improve access to LTSS Also known as Long-term Care (LTC), LTSS encompass a broad range of assistance needed by people of all ages who have cognitive or mental impairments and who may lack the physical ability to function independently.  In their basic form, LTSS consist of help with self-care and… and ensure adequate federal and state Medicaid funding.