Medicaid recipients are forced into institutions over home health care.
Fort Worth, TX (WiredPRNews.com)—When examples of the failure of socialized medicine in the United Kingdom and Canada are not enough to dissuade the advocates of nationalized health care, just ask Florida Medicaid recipients who are forced to live in nursing homes instead of living at home with home health aides.
According to a September 21, 2008 Associated Press article by Matt Sedensky that appeared on Yahoo.com’s news page, politicians in the sunshine state have succumb to pressure by nursing homes to put disabled or elderly patients in their facilities instead of allowing them the option of home health care. The nursing homes, according to the article, don’t want to lose tax dollars to community health care businesses that visit patients in their own homes.
The issue sparked a federal class action lawsuit on behalf of over 8,000 Florida Medicaid recipients, who are forced to live in nursing homes instead of being able to have home health aides care for them in their own homes, according to the article.
The suit aims to break the special-interest stranglehold of the nursing home industry that forces people into institutions instead of getting community health care services. The article cited a 1999 Supreme Court decision that allows Medicaid recipients the option of choosing community health services over nursing homes. Known as the ‘Olmstead decision,’ the ruling went in favor of two women who wanted community, instead of institutionalized, health care, according to the article.
Since the landmark court decision, states have been allocating more of their funds toward community health care services, according to the article, but not fast enough to keep up with the demand of Medicaid recipients who want the home health care option.