Most nursing home residents on Medicaid have financial resources that were not counted toward their eligibility for the government insurance program, but few have substantial assets tucked away, according to a new government report.
Twenty-six states filed a brief Tuesday encouraging the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a provision of the healthcare reform law that calls for a major expansion of Medicaid.
As federal deficit-reduction talks continue, lawmakers from both sides are proposing legislation to tighten Medicaid eligibility rules. The legislators' collective goal is to trim program outlays by more than $13 billion. Not surprisingly, many providers are expressing concern over possible reductions in their largest funding source.
States could limit eligibility to Medicaid and the Children's Hospital Insurance Program if a Republican-sponsored bill in the House and Senate passes.