Nursing Home Residents Relying on Medicaid Are Getting Younger

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the population of nursing home residents who rely on Medicaid funding is getting younger. The agency said that the trend was encouraging and indicated that the aging of the overall population will not necessarily result in an increase in the number of beneficiaries of Medicaid.

The somewhat surprising trend is thought to be the result of an increase in the use of home- and community-based service options, both Medicaid-funded and privately paid. The Congressional Budget Office said that increases in the use of these options has led to flat spending growth in the institutional services sector and a decreased use of institutional care.

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