US: Medicaid pays for half of nursing home bills, but better off do not qualifyBMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7353.1543/c (Published 29 June 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:1543
- Fred Charatan
The financing of long term care services for elderly people in the United States is a patchwork of funds from the federal, state, and local levels plus payments from the consumer's own pocket or from long term care insurance.
Medicare, the federal health insurance system for people aged 65 and over, covers only short term (100 days) nursing home care and limited home health care and rehabilitation.
It pays in full for the first 20 days in a skilled nursing facility after a hospital stay of at least three days, but after that the …