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NY Times: Plan on Growing Old? Then the Medicaid Debate Affects You

posted Wed, Jul 5, 2017   by The New York Times

While the haggling over the calculations continues, it is hard to predict or quantify how painful the proposed Medicaid cuts will be for seniors compared with children and adults who are poor or have disabilities. Each state will have some discretion over which of its populations bear the brunt of any cuts. The Congressional Budget Office did suggest on Thursday that Medicaid’s budget could be 35 percent lower by 2036 if the Senate’s most recent proposal were to take effect, rather than if the status quo remained. So if anything like the proposed cuts come to pass, the impact will be meaningful. In addition to nursing homes, Medicaid may also pay for home- and community-based care for older adults.

 

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