New Jersey: Governor wants 5,000 out of nursing homes

Share this article:

Gov. James E. McGreevey has signed an executive order to give seniors in long-term care options other than nursing homes. The state Department of Health and Senior Services now must establish a system under which seniors can more easily obtain Medicaid assistance to finance their care at home or at assisted living centers.

McGreevey said he wants to move at least one-fifth of the 29,000 seniors on Medicaid and in nursing homes back to home-based or assisted-living care, where they could continue to receive state benefits. Officials said 80% of the $1.58 billion in state and federal Medicaid funding now goes to support seniors in nursing homes. The rest goes to 3,000 seniors in assisted living centers or at home.

McGreevey's order also directs state workers to devise a plan that allows more needy seniors to live at home or with friends who will care for them.

Share this article:

More in News

CMS expands therapy payment research

The government is expanding its research into alternative therapy payments, to consider more holistic changes to the way Medicare reimburses skilled nursing facilities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Tuesday.

CDC tightens Ebola guidelines for healthcare workers

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued more stringent guidelines for how healthcare workers should interact with Ebola patients, following an outcry from nurses and other professionals.

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, LeadingAge chairman says

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, ...

Nonprofit long-term care providers must work together to address alarming trends, or their market share could plummet and the sector as a whole could falter, LeadingAge Chairman David Gehm told ...