Nursing Home Quality Initiative
Do you have a family member or loved one living in a nursing home? If you do, or you are researching facilities for the future, the new Nursing Home Quality Initiative may make it easier to decide which nursing homes in your area provide the best skilled care that is right for you. Launched by the Department of Health and Human Services, this initiative is designed to provide citizens with quality of health care information for all of the 17,000 nursing homes across the country, using data collected in 10 categories relating to both short- and long-stay residents. In addition, information and consultation services are available to help nursing homes improve their care and facilities. In relation to this new initiative, GovBenefits.gov would like to highlight some of the programs available to those in need of skilled nursing care.

For more information on the Nursing Home Quality Initiative, visit the Department of Health and Human Services web site. http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2002pres/20021112.html

  • Medicaid Program
    The Medicaid Program provides medical benefits to low-income people who have no medical insurance or have inadequate medical insurance. The Federal government establishes general guidelines for the administration of Medicaid benefits. However, specific eligibility requirements to receive Medicaid benefits, as well as the type and scope of services provided, are determined by each individual State. Thus, a person who is eligible for Medicaid in one State may not qualify in another State. You must check with the Medicaid office in the state you live in to confirm your eligibility to receive benefits. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=606

  • Medicare Program
    Medicare is a health insurance program for people 65 years of age and older, some disabled people under 65 years, and people with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure treated with dialysis or a transplant). Medicare coverage is comprised of two parts: Hospital Insurance (Part A) and Medical Insurance (Part B). For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=598

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    These are benefits paid to people who are 65 or older or who are blind or disabled and who have limited income and resources. For more information visit /govbenefits/benefits/report.jhtml?bid=553