Medicaid Policy and Long-Term Care Spending: An Interactive View

Medicaid Policy and Long-Term Care Spending: An Interactive View

A report from the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government at the University at Albany-SUNY introduces a new measure designed to improve the efficacy of states' Medicaid spending on long-term care services for elderly and disabled residents. Using the Long-Term Care Policy Generosity Index, which combines measures of resident eligibility, nursing home bed capacity, waiver scale, and nursing home reimbursement rates, the report, Medicaid Policy and Long-Term Care Spending: An Interactive View (20 pages, PDF), concludes that New York's long-term care policies are the most generous in the nation, followed by Connecticut, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Louisiana. According to the report's authors, the Generosity Index and the data contained in the report could have important implications for understanding the differences in states' use of home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs, which allow services to be limited to a specified population and duration of time.