Jun 6, 2015 10:56 AM
State, counties grapple with long-term care as NH ages
The Associated Press
CONCORD — New Hampshire's short-term budget battles over funding for services for people over 65 illustrate a broader policy question: What type of long-term care services will best serve the state's rapidly aging population, and who should pay for it?
About 7,100 people receive long-term care services fully or partially covered by Medicaid. That's roughly 7 percent of the population over 65. The number has remained steady in recent years, but within the next 20 years New Hampshire's population over 65 is expected to double.
New Hampshire's 10 counties foot most of the non-federal share of long-term care bills. They say the state's move away from nursing homes and toward home and community care will help defray costs. But going forward, they're seeking a stronger voice in how the state addresses long-term care.