Numerous states across the country are grappling with budget cuts and are looking for ways to trim spending, and it’s having a direct impact on seniors and low income individuals who may require assistance with medical care or support at home. The 2018 Missouri State budget includes significant cuts to spending for some nursing home care services and a large portion of in home health care support.
Fourstates Homepage reported in the blog, State funding cuts to impact in-home health care services, written by Gretchen Bolander:
“The 2018 Missouri state budget includes a significant cut for both in-home health care and some nursing home services.
That means many patients now receiving those benefits will no longer qualify starting in July.
It’s estimated more than 8,000 will be impacted by the change.
“They will be getting a letter in the mail, so it’s not as if they’re just going to one day not have services. They will be notified ahead of time,” explained Charlotte Foust with the Area Agency on Aging.
Advocates for Missouri seniors say this could be a double-whammy for some patients as funding is also ending for the MO RX program, which helps pay for medication for low income patients.”
Advocates for these low income individuals are trying to make legislators aware of the significance of these cuts and how it will not only affect quality of life, safety, and support for seniors in need, but will likely lead to an increase in spending on the state’s behalf on nursing home care.
Home care allows people to remain within the comfort of their home as opposed to selecting the costlier option of nursing home care. For many years, in home care support received increase fiscal support from the state because it was viewed as a way for the state to save money on the alternative, especially for those men and women who didn’t require tremendous around the clock care, so the desire to cut spending on in home health care services is, to some, a decision that is only going to cost a state trying to save money more.
These men and women who rely on caregivers coming to their home may need to seek other options, which could include time spent in nursing homes or putting themselves at risk with unqualified support or even a complete lack of adequate care. The new budget could have long-lasting repercussions that won’t be fully felt for some time still.