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Personal Care budget casualty

Posted at: 03/27/2013 6:20 PM
By: Benita Zahn

 

People who live with disabilities who live at home and get services paid for by Medicaid are facing another budget casualty.

A form of muscular dystrophy means Denise Di Noto relies on personal care assistants.

Thanks to their help at her home, she holds down a full time job and volunteers in the community.

Currently, if Denise faces a cut in services, those services will still be paid for by Medicaid, from the time she requests a fair hearing and through the process.

But as the state moves people with disabilities to managed long term care the fair hearing would come after an internal appeal. And there would be no guarantee care coverage would continue during all this, leaving people in need to pay out of pocket, rely on friends or move into a nursing home, if a spot could be found.