New Medicaid feature to reduce future nursing home enrollees


Make text smaller Make text larger



Photos





Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf's administration is rolling out a new Medicaid feature designed to reduce the future number of enrollees in Pennsylvania nursing homes.

The program starts Jan. 1 in 14 southwestern counties, in a state where the elderly population is exploding.

It's giving insurance companies a financial incentive to get Medicaid enrollees the nursing care and services they need at home, where it's half as expensive.

A 2019 launch is planned for the Philadelphia area and 2020 for central and northern Pennsylvania.

Medicaid currently covers home nursing, but insurers are expected to simplify the bureaucracy and respond quickly to needs.

Some say that system can work well, unless insurers try to make the care as cheap as possible, without regard to need.



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Bills providing free, reduced-price college for PA students deserve a look
When it comes to the commitment the commonwealth makes to all its students, the language in the Pennsylvania Constitution is as unambiguous as it gets:
“The General...

Read more »
Image

Bill to ban abortions for Down syndrome takes step in Senate
A proposal to prohibit abortions in Pennsylvania when the sole reason is that the fetus has or may have Down syndrome is advancing in the Republican-controlled state Senate.
Read more »

ATV crash in Pike County kills passenger, driver is charged with DUI
— The operator of an ATV involved in a fatal accident in Lackawaxen faces charges of homicide by vehicle with DUI and leaving the...
Read more »
Image

Man dies after fall from Poconos resort's sixth-floor balcony
TANNERSVILLE, Pa. — Authorities say a man fell from a sixth-floor balcony and died at a mountain resort in the Poconos.
The...

Read more »

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Milford, PA