A new report from FamiliesUSA entitled “Cutting Medicaid in North Carolina: Harming Seniors and People with Disabilities Who Need Long-Term Care”  lays out the drastic human cost of proposed state and federal cuts:
While the current budget climate demands that states make smart fiscal decisions, arbitrarily cutting Medicaid would be a bad decision for North Carolina. It would be a bad decision for the nearly 514,000 North Carolina seniors and people with disabilities who rely on Medicaid, and it would be a bad decision for their families:
1. That’s because Medicaid is the major payer of long-term care, both nationally and in North Carolina.
2. Cutting Medicaid would affect the availability of long-term care for all North Carolinians.
Right now there are nearly $700 million in state dollar Medicaid cuts on the table and literally billions more in cuts to federal funding for NC Medicaid have been proposed by Republicans in Washington. One way these cuts have been made to be more palatable is to try and avoid specifying just what services for our citizens would be cut.
As this FamiliesUSA report makes clear, the majority of money spent in the Medicaid program goes to fund long term care services, whether in a nursing home or other institution or provided at home. Cuts of this magnitude will inevitably affect the services so many of the most vulnerable North Carolinians depend upon.