According the Long Term Care Community Coalition, many people are unaware of the vital support Medicaid provides to millions of middle class families. Here are few areas in which Medicaid provides essential support:
- Financial Security for Nursing Home Residents. The majority of nursing home care is paid for by Medicaid. Without Medicaid, many middle class families would not be able to provide the necessary care for their loved ones.
- Care and Support for Older Adults. The demand for caregivers is increasing as the population of older adults – particularly those over age 80 – increases.
- Care for Those With Dementia. Medicaid makes it possible to care for the growing numbers of Americans who suffer from Alzheimer’s.
- Maintaining Life in the Community. For many seniors and disabled persons, Medicaid is the only option for care in the community.
There is a lot of discussion these days about Medicaid, yet few realize it’s far reaching impact. While much can certainly be done to improve Medicaid, consideration should be given to how changes will affect the millions of Americans who depend on it.