Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration is putting out a new Medicaid feature that’s aimed to decrease the number of enrollees in nursing homes in the future. It is also intended to lessen a large expense for the state, which has a rapidly growing elderly population. This plan has been in place in many other states for years and provides the road map for how it can be administered in Pennsylvania.
This new feature will have a financial incentive to get enrollees the medical care and services they need in their home instead of in the nursing home, where it can be twice as expensive.
The savings under this plan will be substantial. It is around $62,000 per year for nursing home care and about half that for the care at home. There are over 50,000 Pennsylvania nursing home residents that are covered under Medicaid.