Assisted-living homes are rejecting Medicaid and evicting seniors

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Shirley Holtz, 91 with dementia and enrolled in hospice care, was evicted from the assisted-living facility she had been living in for the past four years, because she relied on government health insurance for low-income seniors. A recent increase in evictions in Wisconsin have been attributed to the residents’ use of Medicaid to pay their bills – a common practice noticed by industry representatives. There have been at least 50 Medicaid-related evictions, despite the fact that there are no federal data available on the frequency of evictions. These evictions occur when an assisted-living facility and one of the state’s nonprofit Medicaid managed-care organizations cannot agree on the monthly rates for care of an elderly person. Not to mention, these evictions can have extreme negative mental and physical effects, such as “transfer trauma.” 

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