Dually Eligible People with Medicare and Medicaid — At the Center of the Next Debate:
Because of their medical frailty, their social and racial demographics, their great expense, and their expanding growth rate, dually eligible people — “the elderly and disabled poor” — will occupy a central position in the upcoming debates over national healthcare financing and disparities in health care in the 21st century.
Sheldon M Hersh, MD
Louisiana Geriatrics Society Annual Meeting
New Orleans, Louisiana, 2003
Excerpts from the Paper
Poverty, disability, and minorities are linked.
“Poverty, disability, and minorities are linked. A government policy that decreases reimbursement for Medicare beneficiaries because they are disabled and poor causes disproportionate harm to dually eligible African Americans.”
Most major American cities have neighborhoods that mirror New Orleans neighborhoods.
“Most major American cities, including Cleveland, New York, Atlanta, Phoenix, and Los Angeles, have poor, racially and residentially segregated neighborhoods that mirror New Orleans neighborhoods.”
Save millions of dollars for states and billions for our nation…
“Identifying these vulnerable people and improving their access to physician care in the community can save millions of dollars for states and billions for our nation.”