Most older adults want to remain in their homes as they age. But to do this, many will eventually require Medicaid-funded home- and community-based services (HCBS). This is particularly true for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid, more than one-third of whom rely on HCBS to live independently. For them, the fragmentation of coverage between Medicare and Medicaid can make it difficult to coordinate their medical, social, and behavioral health care.
This blog post describes how COVID-19 impacted dually eligible individuals who use HCBS, and how Medicare-Medicaid integrated care programs are well-positioned provide holistic, person-centered care to dually eligible individuals in their homes. The blog post is part of a series that explores COVID-19’s impact on different subpopulations of dually eligible individuals.