With the crossing into March, the official deadline for the “sequester” cuts took effect. That means that over the rest of the year a series of automatically spending cuts will hit many different areas of the federal government, ultimately totalling $85 billion this year alone. When discussing health care issues specifically, Medicare faces some smaller reductions but Medicaid is mostly untouched by the sequester. However, that can be somewhat misleading, because steep financial cuts to both program remain on the table for any compromise that might be reached in the coming months between the parties.
For that reason it remains critical for all of us to be vigilant about how funds are spent for these programs. Both Medicare and Medicaid funds are spent in different ways on nursing home care, but Medicaid constitutes the bulk of support for seniors (and others with various disabilities) who need long-term care.
Our attorneys continue to encourage all those with knowledge of fraudulent Medicaid claims to come forward and speak with a legal professional to learn how the law allows citizens to hold those committing these acts accountable.