On Bauer Business Focus — A conversation on Medicaid and elder care with Andrew Schneider, business reporter for KUHF 88.7 FM.
Starting in Jan. 2014, Medicaid will have expanded coverage and lower health care costs under the Affordable Care Act. But, individual states have the choice to “opt out,” leading many to question what impact that could have on elder care.
Christina Lesher, LBSW, JD, recently stopped by Bauer Business Focus recently to discuss how elder care will be affected if Medicaid is not expanded. A University of Houston Law Center alumna, Lesher runs her own practice that focuses on elder law, guardianship estate planning and probate, and Medicaid.
“Paying for long-term care cost is the biggest problem we see in our practice,” Lesher said. “Many are under the misconception that Medicare will pay for in-home care on a permanent basis or care in a nursing home on a permanent basis, and that’s simply not true. Paying for nursing home care, which can be anywhere from $5,000 to $6,000 a month in the Houston area, is a big concern we’re see in this practice.”
Despite those concerns, Lesher said she is optimistic that a resolution will come eventually.
“We look at the number of baby boomers, and I think as the years progress and a tsunami of seniors start to progress, collectively we’re going to be able to find more common ground than more things to argue about. I’m hoping we’ll be able to use that common ground and work together to figure out how to take care of our elders successfully.”
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