Results from a program in Maryland suggest that a Medicare benefit to cover at-home personal care services could be feasible, according to new research findings.
Medicare already funds nearly half of at-home medical care and products, but organizing it like Maryland has may be the key to keeping costs in check and providing a better level of service to patients nationwide that need ongoing care but find institutionalized care cost prohibitive.
"The politics of adding a new Medicare or Medicaid benefit to cover in-home personal care are not easy, Davis acknowledged. However, Medicare Advantage plans will be able to offer non-skilled in-home care as a benefit starting next year."
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