Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Billions of dollars in taxpayer money are routinely funneled to assisted living facilities. A report requested by a bipartisan group of Senators has revealed a massive gap in the regulation of this industry. Given the stellar performance the federal government has shown in areas like veteran care, this comes as quite a surprise. The Government Accountability Office’s report indicates that the feds lack even the most basic information relating to quality of services provided to low-income individuals using Medicaid for assisted living services. These services were not originally designed to fall within the purview of the original Medicaid program, but some states now cover it through waivers in an effort to encourage “home and community-based services” as opposed to nursing homes, which can be considerably more expensive.
See Robert Pear, U.S. Pays Billions for ‘Assisted Living,’ but What Does It Get?, The New York Times, February 3, 2018.
Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.
Special thanks to Naomi Cahn (Harold H. Greene Professor of Law, George Washington University School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.