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I don't know how to word this question. My Dad is on Medicaid in a nursing home in Indiana. His "half" of the room is smaller than his roommate's. The nurse told us there is an empty bed in another room with a larger pat of the room. (Rooms here are not divided equally, some patients have more space in a room than their roommate) I asked the social worker if he could be moved to that room and she used some terminology that sounded like he had to take a smaller space in a room because of Medicaid but she would look into it. Do Medicaid residents have to take the smaller space if a room is divided unevenly? I'll find out in a day or so but really want to know now and can't find this info on the internet.

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Thank you for the answers. Caregiver2020, count your blessings. My dad has been in 2 states and neither Medicaid paid for a private room. What makes the most sense is that with the rooms not being evenly divided the nursing home gives the bigger space to the private pay. That didn't occur me. I don't believe though that the staff caring for the patients is told who is private pay and who isn't and treats patients equally, that is what I see where care is concerned. Nobody gets stellar care in a nursing home. No further answers are needed, this answers my question satisfactorily.
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I noticed where my Mom was staying as self-pay in long-term-care, the smaller section of the shared room had a window.
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My Mom was on Medicaid and she had a private room in a Nursing Home.
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Medicaid does not dictate room size or divided space or whether the person has to have a roommate. It simply says, "We will pay this much." Since "this much" is usually considerably less that what they charge private-payers, they try to compensate by offering space that comes closer to matching what Medicaid will pay.
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Don't think you will find the information anywhere. However paying residents do seem to get priority when it come to facilities. Try for the larger space but don't get your hopes up too high. There is little if any profit in Medicaid patients.
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