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Home-based care - No Waiver Required
« on: May 02, 2007, 12:04:35 PM »
Funds allow states to offer home-based care without waiver
Source: Steve Gold, www.stevegoldada.com

Section 6086 of the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 offers States a new opportunity to provide a full (or partial) range of community-based services for seniors and people with disabilities. As of January 2007, states can use this new statutory provision without applying for a Medicaid waiver.

Here are some important aspects of Section 6086:

It applies to seniors and people with disabilities with incomes up to 150% of the poverty level: $14,700 for a single person and $19,800 for a couple. These income levels are higher than many States now provide for either MA community-based waiver services or MA state plan services.

These services can be targeted to persons BEFORE they go into a nursing home. This is important because, nationally, 11.8% of the persons IN nursing homes went into them directly from their own homes and had NOT been receiving any home health services for entering the institution.

Unlike the Medicaid Waiver, there is no requirement under Section 6086 that persons meet nursing home level of care criteria.

These services can be consumer directed.

To learn more about this important Act, visit the National Disability Rights Network website at: www.napas.org/policy/DRA/CRS%20report%20HCBS%20Option.pdf.


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