Fla. House ignores own analysts who warn of pushing elderly to managed care

Elderly Floridians who want to stay out of nursing homes would be forced into managed care under two bills passed Monday by the House in an effort to pare Medicaid costs.

But the Legislature’s own policy analysts suggest that managed care may be more expensive for frail older people, based on the track record of HMOs.

A recent report examined a managed care program that provides home health care, housekeeping and many other at-home services, as well as assisted living when necessary. It did keep people out of nursing homes but was more expensive than two traditional programs, run by not-for-profit agencies, that cover the same services.

– The Tampa Bay Times

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