Medicaid In-Home Care Recipients To Control Service Funds
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 5, 2002
WASHINGTON, DC--Last Thursday, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy G. Thompson approved a Texas plan that would allow seniors and people with disabilities who receive Medicaid home and community-based services to choose and contract for their services directly.
The plan shifts control of those services from local social service agencies to the people receiving them. Participants themselves will have the option to design their own programs, choose their own assistants, and even set wage rates. Technical assistance will be provided to help participants manage their plans and their finances for supports and services.
"Texas is setting the right example by giving people with disabilities the right to make their own choices for the kind of care and services that they need," Thompson said in a press statement. "We are committed to working with states on innovative and creative ways to permit the elderly and those with disabilities to remain independent and at home."
The amendment applies only to people receiving Medicaid home and community-based services. It does not increase funding for such services or shift Medicaid money from nursing homes or other institutions.