Medicaid recipients in long-term care in N.C. receive $50 in personal spending money a month in nursing homes and $66 in assisted living, a sum that’s remained the same for years.
By Thomas Goldsmith: NC Health News
A proposal to increase the amount of money available to North Carolina’s long-term care residents raises a compelling question: How much does a person need to live on, once room, board and medical care are provided?
Interviews with long-term care residents on Medicaid and others familiar with their spending show that the answer depends on what you mean by “live.”
“OK, do I pay for medicine? Or do I pay my phone bill?,” said Michael Rubins, 30, a resident of Oak Hill Assisted Living Community in Harnett County. “Or how am I going to get toiletries next month?
“What if I want to go to a movie or just do the things that most people take for granted?”