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NY Times: Minorities Are Forced Into Nursing Homes at Greater Rates

Experts predict that by the year 2050, the number of African Americans that need nursing home care will triple and the number of Latinos that will need nursing home care will increase by more than 11 times.

According to the New York Times, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65 every day, a rate that will exponentially increase the number of Americans that require annual long term care. That number already rests over 10 million.

The New York Times blames Medicaid for “forcing those without assets into nursing homes, while those with the ability to pay can opt to receive care at home,” and that low-income seniors get placed in lower-quality homes.

In order to improve the overall quality of nursing home care, policies, programs and services that encourage seniors to stay in their own homes must be supported, according to the New York Times.

The paper called for services like those under the Affordable Care Act, which target the benefits of “prevention, high-quality and accessible services, and better continuity of care earlier in life could reduce costs and complications prior to needing nursing home care, which unfortunately, is the most likely option for many seniors.”

Medicaid has experienced pointed rises in spending on long-term care services. The Times called the baby boomer aging phenomenon a “long-term care crisis.” People are getting pinched.

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