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Changes to continuing care

Published (6/1/2010)
By Lauren Radomski
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Policy and technical changes to continuing care are included in a new law.

Sponsored by Rep. Larry Hosch (DFL-St. Joseph) and Sen. Tony Lourey (DFL-Kerrick), the law includes the following provisions:

• adds to the list of criteria used to determine Medical Assistance payment for long-term care services;

• establishes criteria for a relative to provide licensed supported living services to a loved one and allows Medicaid reimbursement under certain conditions;

• specifies the responsibilities of home care services providers when they decide to discontinue services to someone;

• sets criteria for a personal care assistant who wishes to enroll with a different provider agency;

• modifies requirements for reporting alleged or suspected maltreatment of vulnerable adults;

• allows seniors with a certain home care rating to be eligible for the elderly waiver program;

• makes an exception to a limitation on personal care services for children on Medical Assistance; and

• modifies requirements on how personal care assistants are trained and evaluated.

The law has various effective dates.

HF3234/ SF2933*/CH352

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