Providing home health care benefits quickly may help enough middle-aged Medicaid enrollees with disabilities stay out of nursing homes to cut those people’s overall long-term care (LTC) costs.
Greg Peterson and other researchers at Mathematica Policy Research come to that conclusion in a home health care report prepared for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The researchers used data from Medicaid pilot programs for Iowa residents ages 18 to 64.
The researchers looked to see what happened to people with disabilities who got home health care benefits within six months of applying and people who faced longer delays.
Because younger adults with disabilities rarely entered nursing homes, the researchers had a hard time coming up with statisitcally significant results for those younger adults.