Aging in (Whose?) Place?

December 11, 2018

Almost twenty years after Maryland established Medicaid “home and community-based services” waiver programs designed to keep older Marylanders and Marylanders with disabilities in their own homes rather than in a nursing home, Marylanders are still unable to “age-in-place.” Maryland continues to underfund the Maryland Medicaid Home & Community-Based Options Waiver, despite the program’s over 22,000-person, eight-year waiting list. Not only are many Marylanders unable to get the services they want and need to continue living at home, Maryland fails to save millions of dollars that can be realized by adopting a strong policy of avoiding unnecessary nursing home admissions.

To find out more, and what your legislators can do about this problem, read Jason A. Frank’s opinion-editorial published in The Baltimore Sun, available online at: https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-op-1127-aging-place-20181126-story.html.