NC Legislature OKs Personal Care Service Change

By Associated Press Posted July 10, 2013 at 11:32 am

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A way to restore more Medicaid-funded assistance to people in North Carolina with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease has received final legislative approval.

Governor Pat McCrory next receives the legislation that got the General Assembly’s last formal OK Tuesday.

The legislation creates a way people with these conditions – either living at home on in special care units – to receive up to 130 hours monthly in personal care services, such as getting dressed, bathed and fed.

The state reduced care for these people to 80 hours per month this year to comply with federal requirements that services be comparable at home and in corporate settings. Special care unit operators were concerned about the fewer hours.

The bill says personal care reimbursement rates will be reduced to pay for broader coverage.

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