Nearly 37,000 Medicaid Recipients Receive Discharge Notices in Louisiana
A chaotic and stressful situation is consuming Louisiana’s Medicaid program. The issue is targeting nursing homes and long-term care facilities as more than 35,000 recipients could lose their benefits and be forced to evict due to proposed state cuts and a lack of state funding.
Louisiana Department of Health Deputy Secretary Michelle Alletto said the agency has notified about 37,000 Medicaid recipients that they may face eviction or discharge if eligibility to receive the benefit ends on July 1. Many of these patients have dementia and memory loss diseases, and developmental disabilities which require consistent, routine care. The proposed cuts could also force nursing homes to close or create even more shortages of trained care staff and cuts to an already overburdened and underpaid workforce. This reality is the result of the Federal government’s February 2018 budget proposal aimed to implement cuts to Medicaid and subsidies in favor or cost savings and will force states officials to make hard choices that are sure to impact the delivery of Medicaid programs across the country.
Medicaid is the main source of funding for 6 out of 10 nursing home residents and the program is the largest single payer of nursing home care in this country. Currently, there are 3,042,715 Illinois residents enrolled in the state’s Medical Assistance (Medicaid) program. It’s unlikely a massive eviction like this will occur in Illinois but it doesn’t mean serious budget cuts to the program (and as a result, receive even poorer care) aren’t in the future for the 57 percent of nursing home residents who receive assistance.
Meanwhile … Discharge and Wrongful Eviction Rates Climb in Illinois
Illinois has 1,200+ long-term-care facilities, most of which were identified by AARP for having higher than average discharge and nursing home wrongful eviction rates. Evictions can be justified but Federal law requires nursing homes to give residents 30 days’ notice of their decision, as well as the opportunity to appeal. The nursing home must also give a thorough and specific explanation as to why they cannot care for the resident if that is the stated reason for the discharge. Homes then need to assist in arrangements for a transfer, either to the resident’s home or to another home or skilled nursing facility, including sharing care plan details with intake facilities so that patients are not left on doorsteps or transferred to facilities that cannot tend to the exact needs required to treat their chronic conditions.
As the number of involuntary discharges and nursing home eviction rates rise in Illinois, administrators often blame other reasons but it remains likely because Medicaid reimbursements have not been received.
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