Medicaid And Medicare Cover Costs For Long Term Care Essay

1589 Words Apr 1st, 2015 7 Pages
As the “baby boomers” reach retirement age there will be many questions raised concerning how our society will sustain certain systems that support the current and future retired population. With newer health initiatives people are living longer and in better health than in the past. The irony is that this is one of the dynamics that will put a strain on our economic and healthcare systems in the future. “Today, 40 million people in the United States are ages 65 and older, but this number is projected to more than double to 89 million by 2050” (Jacobsen, Kent, Lee, & Mather, 2011). It is not easy to say who will and will not prosper during this time. Supplemental programs like Medicare and Medicaid were developed to assist the low income citizens with medical care cost. Will Medicaid and Medicare cover costs for long-term care? Can the low-income aging population afford long-term care, or will they have to depend on family for support? Will there be an adequate number of medical professionals to address the medical needs of the aging population? Are the “baby boomers” financially prepared for retirement needs? Will our supplemental programs be depleted in the near future? These are a few of the questions surrounding this issue that I will attempt to address in this paper.
Long term care is a term often associated with medical care, but, it consist primarily of assisting with vital routine tasks of daily living such as bathing, and preparing meals on condition that they need…

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