Understanding Medicaid: Main Funder of Nursing Home Care

Friday, July 12, 2013

Many see Medicaid as simply that government health care program for the poor. What is overlooked is the extent to which Medicaid pays for nursing home care. Nursing care is expensive and it doesn’t take long to exhaust the savings of even middle class families. That is when Medicaid kicks in and covers the cost. Here are some facts of interest concerning nursing home care in Missouri:

  • Over 60% of occupied beds are paid by Medicaid;
  • 23,387 average monthly users in fiscal year 2012;
  • 8.3 million days of care provided;
  • Average per diem rate of $138.37

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