Walking a Fine Line on Medicaid
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With the national bud- get and debt domi- nating Washington
debate, AARP is stressing the
importance of protecting and
preserving a vital program for
low-income older Americans:
Medicaid. About 9 million
people qualify for both Medicaid
and Medicare. These people make
up only 15 percent of the Medicaid program but account for 39
percent of all Medicaid spending.
Medicaid also plays an important
role in the partnership between
government and private enti-
ties to provide medical care. The
program is the primary payer for
about two-thirds of nursing home
residents, and covers in-home ser-
vices such as visiting nurses and
home health aides, which allow
many older adults to stay in their
own homes longer. “About 30
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