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Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Companies and cities/states regularly jockey for federal Medicaid money. They will often twist themselves into pretzels to grab as much “free” money as possible. The Medicaid formula, where the federal government matches or exceeds the monetary amount allocated by the state, encourages musical chairs. That is, state and city governments work hard to acquire Medicaid … Continue reading

“Independent” Living No Longer So Independent

“Independent” Living No Longer So Independent

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is fining and threatening to close an independent living apartment complex over regulatory issues. The complex is part of a CCRC (Continuum of Care Community) that  also offers assisted living and skilled nursing services. It’s place in the CCRC is not soothing the ruffled feathers of the DPW bureaucracy. … Continue reading

Canadian Government Spends Big on Assisted Living

Canadian Government Spends Big on Assisted Living

The Canadian province of Alberta has spent an average of $87,000 per unit on assisted living construction since 2007-08. This is much more than any American state or city spends on new units. Alberta’s two biggest cities, Calgary and Edmonton each account for 1/3 of Alberta’s 3.6 million residents.  The cities must compete for funding … Continue reading

Can Senior Housing Survive without Tax Breaks?

Can Senior Housing Survive without Tax Breaks?

Tax breaks for senior housing projects are widespread nationally and rarely attract opposition. Politicians and developers alike constantly remind us that retired people, w  few exceptions, cannot afford market-rate apartments. A columnist in Buffalo thinks otherwise. David Robinson writing in the Buffalo News cites a study conducted by the University at Buffalo showing that fewer … Continue reading

Why the County Nursing Home Model is Broken

Why the County Nursing Home Model is Broken

Publicly owned nursing have a big problem. But first the good news…they do better on average than their privately owned counterparts. A recent study showed that publicly owned and non-profit nursing homes had less citations and serious deficiencies than the ten largest for-profit nursing home companies. However, at what cost? Literally? This story from the … Continue reading