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    Question nursing benefits

    Which states have the best medicaid nursing benfits?
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    Are you talking about skilled nursing home care such as would be provided by an RN (assessment, IV insertion or drug administration, VAC dressing or other sterile wound dressings, etc.) or LVN (drug administration, bowel care, catheterization, etc.) or are you talking about PCA care? Most Medicaid programs do not pay directly for non-skilled care, and many have limits for numbers of skilled visits you can receive. Some states have an attendant program that is separate from Medicaid, but you need to be Medicaid eligible to qualify for it (such as IHSS in CA).

    You can find out about different Medicaid program coverages in a variety of areas here: http://www.kff.org/medicaid/index.cfm

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    Question Medicaid nursing benefits

    I was refering to CNAs.

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    I don't know about AL, but in CA only skilled care (that which requires an RN or LVN/LNP) is covered by Medicaid, and even that in very limited circumstances. CNA level care or PCA level unskilled care is not covered.

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    Question nursing care

    Thel ink you gave me says that CA medicaid pays for as much as 28 days/week of 10hrs/day of nursing care? The don't describe what is nursing care? AL provides 40 hr/week of day time only CNAs.

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    Nursing care requires a nurse (licensed RN or LVN) so would include things like complex wound care, catheterization, bowel care, or administration of drugs including injections or IV medications. ADL assistance, dressing, meal prep, bathing transfers, or ROM, etc. are considered maintenance care, and since they don't require a nurse (RN/LVN), are not covered. CNAs and HHAs are not nurses. They are aides.

    The only people I know who get the maximum hours you describe above are some people who are at home on ventilators and who also require other skilled care.

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