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A new study seeks to describe the characteristics and health spending of Medicare beneficiaries with physical and cognitive impairments, or PCI, and estimate their likelihood of becoming a Medicaid beneficiary.

The researchers conducted the study after considering that more than half of people who are 65 today will experience PCI at some point during their lives, which hinders their independent living and likely will prompt them to require long-term services and supports. As some people spend down their assets to qualify for Medicaid in their later years, according to the report, states are increasingly concerned about burgeoning Medicaid costs and are seeking for more clarity on how to provide greater-value care for dual eligible beneficiaries and to better understand growing dependency on the Medicaid program.

The key findings from the Commonwealth Fund report:

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