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Paying for it

Neither Medicare nor Medicaid pays for assisted living, so residents are forced to live off their investments or hope their Social Security checks cover the costs.

Although Medicaid waivers exist in many states to pay for some assisted living care, Oklahoma is not one of them.

Jo Kilgore, spokesperson for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the Medicaid program in the state, said many people are confused about what Medicaid can cover.

"We would not be able to pay the entire cost as we do for nursing facilities," she said.



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