Advocates Get Change For In-Home Care Measure
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
April 8, 2003
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA--The state House has rewritten a Senate bill to make an in-home care program more generous, thanks in part to community advocates.
Senate Bill 2083 covers a program called Service Payments for Elderly and Disabled (SPED).
The program currently allows people with liquid assets below $50,000 to receive in-home care services. Liquid assets do not include the person's home, furnishings, and person items.
The Senate bill, passed earlier this session, had reduced the asset limit to $25,000. That prompted protest rallies and letter writing campaigns from groups and individuals that support in-home services, according to the Fargo Forum.
The House version establishes a $50,000 sliding fee scale. All people currently on SPED will remain eligible. If their income increases, they will have to pay for a portion of their services.
The average number of people served is expected grow from 1,612 on July 1 to 1,728 by June 30, 2005.
Late last week, the House Appropriations Committee unanimously passed the measure. It passed the full House Monday morning by an 83-4 vote.