December 4

posted Jan 28, 2010, 2:17 PM by Jason Gaudette   [ updated Apr 2, 2010, 12:01 PM by Frank Baskin ]
Other impacts on elders in the Mass State budget include:
  • Elder Mental Health - Funding for this line was eliminated.
  • PNA - Reduced for both rest and nursing -click title for more residents to a level set around 1990(this has not yet been implemented as Medicaid has not yet required it and so facilities should still use the $ 72.80 rate).
  • Adult Foster Care  - Rates will be reduced.
  • Group Adult Foster Care(GAFC - pays for assisted living)- Rates will be reduced.
  • Personal Care Attendants(PCA) - Some clients will be removed from the program(if they require less than 14 hours of a PCA per week) but may be able to enter a SCO.
  • Protective Services - Reduction of funding(about 6 %).
  • Senior Centers - Reduction in funding.
  • Medicaid - Co-payments will rise for office visits and medications. There will be restrictions of podiatry and dental services.
  • Home Care - The waiting list(for regular home care and ECOP) was expected to grow to about 2,000 by the end of this fiscal year(June 30, 2010). It is already there. It may instead be about 5 - 6,000 by then. If revenues do not increase during the year the waiting list will continue into the next fiscal year and can be expected to increase further.