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Medicaid, Medicare and long-term care

Written by Diane Archer
Long-term care can cost a lot.  Medicare sometimes picks up a small piece of the cost.  Medicaid can cover a lot of the cost.  Paying out-of-pocket for long-term care tends to be extremely expensive. Here are some key facts on Medicaid, Medicare and long-term care:
  • Fact: Medicaid covers about two-thirds of all long-term care spending, about $131 billion in 2011.  87% of Medicaid spending on older adults is for long-term care.  One in three older adults with Medicaid receive long-term care through Medicaid.
  • Fact: 43% of people with Medicaid needing long-term care are under the age of 65.
  • Fact: Medicare does not cover long-term custodial care, nor does standard health insurance.  Medicare contributed 21% to long-term care in 2011, because it covers skilled nursing care and skilled therapy services for a limited time post-hospitalization.

Here’s more from Just Care on aging in place and long-term care services and supports:

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 to learn more about long-term services and supports from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and here to learn more about long-term care from JAMA.


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