Medicaid’s march towards managed long-term care

As life expectancy continues to increase, more Americans require a complicated array of long-term care services that do not come cheap. Few people are financially prepared for these expenses, and many will rely on Medicaid to shoulder the costs.

The shift toward managed long-term care may be a solution for cost-conscious states, but comes with challenges for insurers and providers entering the field.

Learn more about the growth in Medicaid in HRI’s brief, Medicaid expansion: New patients new challenges.

What are the implications?

Consumers know they are unprepared for long-term care costs
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Implications of managed long-term care:

  • Armed with new flexibility, states are embracing managed long-term care in some of the most challenging populations.
  • Strong care coordination programs will provide a competitive advantage for companies managing these patients.
  • States must implement strong community based care alternatives to contain escalating costs of institution-based care.
  • Health plans should employ new community partners to provide non-medical care to their new customer base.