Long-Term Care in Texas: Home and Community-Based Services J. V. Lambert

ISBN: 9781594540172

Published: September 1st 2004

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Long-Term Care in Texas: Home and Community-Based Services  by  J. V. Lambert

Long-Term Care in Texas: Home and Community-Based Services by J. V. Lambert
September 1st 2004 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 65 pages | ISBN: 9781594540172 | 7.12 Mb

Ten percent of the Texas population is 65 and older. The state has a large, rapidly growing elderly population, estimated to reach 4.4 million, or 16.1 per cent of the states total population in 2025. Medicaid spending for long-term care in FY2001 was USD3.3 billion -- 28.5 per cent of all Medicaid spending.

Medicaid spending for institutions was more than 70 per cent of Medicaid long-term care spending and more than 20 per cent of all Medicaid spending in F Y2001. Spending for home and community-based services has increased rapidly in recent years and represented 29.2 per cent of Texas long-term care spending in FY2001, primarily due to increased use of the Medicaid Section 1915(c) home and community based waiver program. From FY1990 to FY2001 spending for this program increased from less than 1 per cent to over 21 per cent of all Medicaid long-term care spending in Texas.

Texas provides a wide range of services in the home and community to about 100,000 adults with disabilities. Despite this, the state has significant overcapacity in its nursing home industry. As a result, the nursing home occupancy rate is quite low -- 68.5 per cent in 2000.

large state institutions and has no plans to close any facilities in the foreseeable future. Interviews with state officials and a review of state reports highlighted a number of issues including: an imbalance in Medicaid financing favoring institutional care, rather than home and community-based care- a shortage of frontline long-term care workers- and waiting lists for home and community-based services.



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