Nursing Home Residents cannot be Discharged When Medicare Ends

Many nursing homes are now marketing themselves as “rehabilitation” facilities in an effort to attract the ideal resident: one who stays under 100 days then goes elsewhere. Why? Because Medicare provides lucrative fees for skilled nursing care. It is not uncommon for nursing homes to discharge residents, often prematurely, when the Medicare benefits end.

Most people are unaware that when Medicare coverage ends, a resident who needs skilled nursing care has a right to stay, either by paying privately, or qualifying for Medi-Cal coverage. Under Welfare and Institutions Code section 14124.7, no nursing home that accepts Medi-Cal payments can evict, or transfer within a facility, any person who changes the manner of paying from private or Medicare to Medi-Cal.

For more information on discharge and transfer rights in California nursing homes, see the fact sheet provided by California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform.

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