Senate Bill 0604
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DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Home and community based services. Requires the division of aging (division) to meet specified requirements in the distribution of funds for the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled program (CHOICE) to area agencies on aging. Specifies that funds that are appropriated to CHOICE: (1) may not be used as a match for Medicaid waiver services or for any other purpose; and (2) may not revert to the state general fund. Specifies funds available for home and community based long term care services (HCBS). Requires the division to provide HCBS statewide and specifies that the services available must include the services included in the program on January 1, 2013. Specifies that an individual who is eligible for HCBS must receive services specified in a care plan that has been agreed to by the individual unless the individual specifies in writing that the individual would like to receive care in a nursing facility or institutional setting. Requires the office of the secretary to eliminate the waiting list of eligible individuals seeking HCBS and requires an individual who was on the waiting list on July 1, 2013, to begin receiving HCBS by July 1, 2014. Requires an eligible individual to receive HCBS services within 29 days after determination of eligibility. Allows an area agency on aging to make the initial eligibility determination for specified programs. Specifies conditions that must be met before an individual may be transitioned from HCBS to a nursing facility or institutional care. Requires caregiver support in specified circumstances. Requires the division to establish: (1) an independent provider of home and community based services training and certification program; (2) a statewide registry of independent HCBS providers; (3) fiscal intermediary services to assist self-directed care individuals; and (4) a self- directed care telephone hotline.
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