As spending for health and human services continues to grow for Minnesota’s elderly citizens, state lawmakers are faced with a challenging balancing act: how to provide the quality care our aging seniors deserve while delivering essential services in a cost-efficient manner.
Home and community based services help to assist in ensuring elderly Minnesotans get the care and support they need to stay as long as possible in their homes.
According to a recent article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press, $2 billion of the $11 billion Minnesota spent on Medicaid went to elderly residents. That number would be much higher if it wasn’t for state efforts to keep more seniors in their homes longer.
Still, much more can be done to offer seniors support services to keep them from moving to more expensive care facilities unless they really need to do so. Home and Community Based Services reform measures being discussed at the State Capitol this session would do that.
You can view the Pioneer Press article here.