Medicaid’s Role in Meeting Seniors’ Long-Term Services and Supports Needs

Publication date: 
August, 2016
Source(s): 
Henry Kaiser Family Foundation

Medicaid’s Role in Meeting Seniors’ Long-Term Services and Supports Needs

Although nearly all of the nation’s 46 million seniors have health insurance through Medicare, that program does not cover the long-term services and supports (LTSS) that many seniors need.

Nearly half of seniors residing in the community have an LTSS need1 due to a cognitive or physical limitation.

This fact sheet describes how seniors become eligible for Medicaid LTSS, what LTSS Medicaid covers, and how much Medicaid spends for those services, and highlights key policy issues in Medicaid and LTSS...

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