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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Long term care services. Provides the area agencies on aging (agency) with flexibility in the management of certain program funding, and prohibits the division of aging from imposing restrictions that are not in the division's contract with an agency. Allows spouses and parents of individuals who are at risk of being institutionalized to provide attendant care services, and limits the amount of services that can be reimbursed. Requires the dissemination of specified information as part of: (1) the screening and counseling program for individuals seeking long term care services; (2) a nursing facility's notification to applicants; (3) the nursing facility preadmission screening program; and (4) the hospital discharge process. Prohibits a patient from being discharged from a hospital to a nursing facility in which certain representatives of the hospital have a financial interest unless the patient consents to the discharge and authorizes the division of aging to charge hospitals for specified costs for certain inappropriate placements. Allows an area agency on aging to make presumptive eligibility determinations for the aged and disabled Medicaid waiver under specified circumstances.