States Accelerate Shift Of Nursing Home Residents Into Medicaid Managed Care

Kaiser Health News staff writer Phil Galewitz, working in collaboration with USA Today, reports: "(Social worker Jodie) Muenz' visit is part of a transformation of how Medicaid, the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, is providing long-term care to hundreds of thousands of people in Florida and a growing number of states. After two decades of shifting millions of Medicaid enrollees into managed care, most of them women and children, Florida is mandating that approach for 45,000 nursing home residents and another 40,000 who get long-term care services at home or assisted living facilities. The job of a case worker like Muenz is to make sure her clients get what they need to stay healthy – and that they live in the least-restrictive and least costly setting possible" (Galewitz, 2/11). Read the story.

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