Limits In GOP Plan Could Shrink Seniors’ Long-Term Health Benefits

In 2015, Medicaid spending topped $552 billion nationwide. People who receive both Medicaid and Medicare and people with disabilities account for more than half of Medicaid spending.

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In 2015, Medicaid spending topped $552 billion nationwide. People who receive both Medicaid and Medicare and people with disabilities account for more than half of Medicaid spending.

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Before Carmencita Misa became bedridden, she was a veritable “dancing queen,” says her daughter, Charlotte Altieri.

“Even though she would work about 60 hours a week, she would make sure to go out dancing once a week — no matter what,” Altieri, says. “She was the life-of-the-party kind of person, the central nervous system for all her friends.”

A massive stroke in March 2014 changed all that. It robbed Misa, 71, of her short-term memory, her eyesight and her mobility — and it left her dependent on a feeding tube for nourishment. Now, she lives in a nursing home.

Altieri is 39 and lives in Long Beach, Calif., with her husband and two small children.

Article source: http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/03/22/520927115/limits-in-gop-plan-could-shrink-seniors-long-term-health-benefits?utm_medium=RSS&utm_campaign=affordablecareact

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