Texas Announces Plans to Combine Medicare and Medicaid Benefits

For people who receive both Medicare and Medicaid benefits from the state of Texas, things might be getting a whole lot easier. The state of Texas just received approval from the federal government to test an idea that would combine the delivery of Medicare and Medicaid benefits to individuals enrolled in both programs.

Why the Change?

Officials say that the combination of the two services could help make it simpler for enrollees to receive their benefits while also potentially reducing costs for both the state and federal …

Read More »

Just How Expensive is Long Term Care in Texas?

Just How Expensive is Long Term Care in Texas?

The cost of Long Term Care in the United States has steadily risen in the past decade. Nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and in-home care services are now more expensive than ever. Fortunately for Texans, Long Term Care costs in the Lone Star State are still significantly lower than the national averages.

The Texas Advantage

According to the 2013 Cost of Care Survey released by Genworth Financial, Texas has some of the lowest Long Term Care costs in the nation. While the national median annual cost for …

Read More »

Long Term Care Funding “Important” to Texans Age 50 and Up, Survey Says

Long Term Care Funding “Important” to Texans Age 50 and Up, Survey Says

A survey released by AARP details the attitudes held by Texans age 50 and up regarding Long Term Care.

LTC Should be a Priority

According to the survey, 62% of Texans surveyed believe funding for Long Term Care in Texas should be increased. This comes at a time when the need for Long Term Care is increasing across the nation. 7 in 10 Americans over the age of 65 will need Long Term Care at some point, but only 1 in 10 seniors have a Long Term …

Read More »

Low Medicaid Reimbursement Rate Affecting Long Term Care in Texas

A recent survey conducted by the Texas Coalition for Long Term Care Business (CLTCB) found that 61.4% of companies with nursing homes as customers have seen a decrease in purchasing from those nursing homes in the past year.

Why Is This Happening?

Nursing homes and other long term care facilities in Texas are currently suffering due to the fact that Texas has the 49th lowest reimbursement rate for Medicaid. The reimbursement rate represents the percentage of total cost that the state government is being compensated for program …

Read More »