Medicaid Personal Care Video

The newest video addition to the Informing Families Building Trust YouTube Channel focuses on Medicaid Personal Care.

Medicaid Personal Care (MPC) is a service to help individuals who need help with life activities such as bathing, dressing, eating, meal preparation, housework, and travel to medical services. This service is provided in a person’s own home or in an adult family home. MPC is a service for both children and adults.

Our video provides more information about Medicaid Personal Care services and how to apply for them if you think you (or your family member) might be eligible.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4HkGgK5OMts&feature=youtu.be

Informing Families Building Trust
Website: https://fortress.wa.gov/com/csddcinformingfamilies/

Medicaid Reference Desk

The Medicaid Reference Desk is a resource for people with intellectual disabilities and their families to learn about Medicaid and other public benefits, services and supports provided by The Arc.

Medicaid is the largest source of financing for disabilities services in the United States.  For people with disabilities and for those who provide their care, Medicaid serves as a valuable safety net.  Often the only source of financial assistance for health care, Medicaid plays a critical role for people with disabilities in providing coverage and access to care.

Medicaid is, however, extremely complicated.  At least half of the funds for Medicaid programs comes from the Federal Government.  The remainder comes from state funds.  The Federal law contains detailed requirements and limitations on eligibility, services, and financing. State law varies widely from state to state.

Website: http://www.thedesk.info/

Medicare/Medicaid Integration Project

The Vision of Integrating Care for Medicare-Medicaid Eligible Individuals in Washington

Vision of Integrating Care

Integrating Medicare and Medicaid services means coordinating the delivery, financing, technology and human touches experienced by dual beneficiaries.  By aligning payment, outcome expectations and services, confusion and fragmentation will be decreased. This will improve the beneficiaries’ experience with service delivery, improve health outcomes and better control future costs.

The state Department of Social and Health Service’s Aging and Disability Administration and the state Health Care Authority continue to work on the Medicare/Medicaid Integration Project from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Website: http://www.adsa.dshs.wa.gov/duals/

Settlement Eases Rules for Some Medicare Patients

By  – New York Times
Published: October 22, 2012

WASHINGTON — Tens of thousands of people with chronic conditions and disabilities may find it easier to qualify for Medicare coverage of potentially costly home health care, skilled nursing home stays and outpatient therapy under policy changes planned by the Obama administration.

In a proposed settlement of a nationwide class-action lawsuit, the administration has agreed to scrap a decades-old practice that required many beneficiaries to show a likelihood of medical or functional improvement before Medicare would pay for skilled nursing and therapy services.

Under the agreement, which amounts to a significant change in Medicare coverage rules, Medicare will pay for such services if they are needed to “maintain the patient’s current condition or prevent or slow further deterioration,” regardless of whether the patient’s condition is expected to improve.

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