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Investing in Medicaid HCBS is Good for Medicare

September 28, 2021

When it comes to home-based care, millions of Medicare enrollees rely on Medicaid for the support they need to live safely at home and stay connected to their communities. Unfortunately, home- and community-based services (HCBS) has been underfunded for decades and does not have the capacity to serve everyone who needs it. This fact sheet from Justice in Aging and Medicare Rights Center explains why investing in Medicaid HCBS is good for both people with Medicare and the Medicare program. Robust funding for Medicaid HCBS would expand access to services, helping people with Medicare who are dually eligible for Medicaid avoid hospitalizations and other more costly care. This would reduce Medicare expenditures and strengthen the Part A Trust Fund. It would also help grow the direct care workforce, provide relief and economic opportunities for unpaid caregivers, and improve equity.

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