LNHA RECOGNIZES THE 50TH
ANNIVERSARY OF MEDICARE AND MEDICAID
Celebrates Lifelines of Support for Thousands
(Baton Rouge – July 29, 2015) Tomorrow,
the Louisiana Nursing Home Association (LNHA) will recognize the 50th
anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. LNHA thanks Louisiana’s congressmen for
working to protect these programs that provide many Louisianans with access to
the quality and affordable health care they need.
Director Joe Donchess made the following statement: "For 50 years, Medicare and
Medicaid have been lifelines of support to Americans entering their golden
years, providing support every step of the way. LNHA is proud to recognize this
special anniversary of these programs and highlight their critical purpose for
individuals receiving long term and post-acute care.”
about 1.7 million older Americans and individuals with disabilities receiving
skilled nursing and rehabilitative care. Over 50 percent of all Medicare
beneficiaries who require post-acute care are discharged from an acute care
hospital to one of the nearly 16,000 skilled nursing facilities nationwide,
including 280 facilities in Louisiana.
Medicaid is the
largest payor of long term care services and supports. About 73 percent of
Louisiana nursing facility patients rely on Medicaid on any given day for their
care. The program itself has evolved from supporting mostly women and children
to one that cares for nearly one in five people, including seniors and other
individuals requiring long term and post-acute care.
requiring long term and post-acute care, these programs work in tandem to
provide much needed support. Typically, Medicare beneficiaries return home or
to the community after a relatively short, rehabilitative stay – requiring an
average of 27.3 days of skilled nursing care.
facilities are committed to working towards solutions that provide access to
quality long term and post-acute care. Happy 50th anniversary,
Medicare and Medicaid!
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Nursing Home Association is a non-profit organization representing more than
250 non-profit and for-profit nursing facilities and assisted living
communities thatcare for approximately 30,000 elderly and disabled
individuals each day.For more information on LNHA, visit our website at www.lnha.org.