State Eligibility Rules and Assessment Instruments: Implications for People with Alzheimer’s Disease
The rising number of people with Alzheimer’s disease presents significant challenges for family members, caregivers, advocates, public policy makers and service providers. Faced with budgetary pressures and concerns about access to care and continuity of care, states are developing managed care programs for elderly Medicaid beneficiaries, reviewing eligibility policies and fine tuning assessment tools used to measure need for long term care. This study focuses on the development of assessment tools and eligibility criteria and explores the implications of these developments for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. The study examined three areas: Medicaid spending patterns, case studies based on activities in two states and the assessment instruments used in selected states.