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Medicare Advantage’s new in-home services

A senior holds her glasses and handbag. New services may help more seniors stay at home.
As people age, they typically need more help doing everyday things, whether it’s getting the groceries or taking a shower or remembering to take their meds. In many cases, even limited assistance can allow a senior to remain in their home for many years, even decades.

The logical program to provide in-home services is Medicare, which pays for most of seniors’ medical care. But Medicare does not cover them.

Our system makes middle class people become poor to get the care they need – and, ultimately, states pick up the tab. Medicaid has been covering a growing portion of long-term care in the U.S. – 53% in 2018.

But 2019 ushers in help at home services for Medicare – and the change may be the catalyst for a more dramatic transformation in healthcare delivery and effectiveness.

Read more in our January newsletter.

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