Indiana To Ask Waiver Holders To Make Room For Those On Waiting
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 5, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA--Indiana's largest agency, the Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), announced Tuesday that it plans to reduce the number of people with developmental disabilities currently on waiting lists for services, by asking those who currently receive services to make do with less.
Secretary Mitch Roob Jr. told the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette that FSSA would ask Hoosiers currently on the Medicaid waiver program to choose fewer services. The agency would then use half of the money it expects to save -- about 10 percent -- to place more people in the program.
The Medicaid waiver allows people with developmental disabilities to receive community-based services while avoiding nursing homes and other institutions. At the end of March, 9,043 people were receiving waiver services, while at least 13,795 people were on waiting lists.
FSSA also plans to move more seniors into assisted living settings and out of nursing homes, in part by putting a six- to 12-month hold on new nursing home beds.
"State agency looks to exit hospitals, move seniors from nursing homes" (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette)