Changes to state Medicaid rules that will cut benefits to group home residents across the state will also affect between 3,000 and 4,000 people with Alzheimer's disease who live in adult care facilities, sources close to state proceedings told WRAL News Wednesday.
I will freely admit that many of the issues I blog about are not from experience, but from research, the vast majority of which I glean from online sources. But this is one issue I learned about firsthand, and I will likely spend the rest of my life trying to repair the parts of my heart that broke as a result.
Submitted by Martha Brock on Thu, 07/26/2012 - 11:49am
As is stated in the press release issued by Disability Rights NC below, the Perdue administration has, sadly, opted for several more years of glacial-paced “progress” on the issue of warehousing mentally ill people in “rest homes” rather than biting the bullet and entering into a bona fide and enforceable agreement as has been done in other states. All in all, a sad day for the cause
I have been involved in a stakeholders group meeting with Bazelon attorneys. I am not at all surprised at an outcome in which NC DHHS places more value on adult care home operators than on the mentally ill (ware)housed in their homes.
Vicki Smith, Director of DRNC, is quoted as follows by Gary Robertson of the AP in his story online:
Raleigh - Disability Rights NC filed a motion today to intervene in the case Tiffany Healthcare, Inc., et al., Petitioners v. North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Medical Assistance.
This case was filed last Thursday on behalf of the owners of eighteen Adult Care Homes (ACHs) who were notified that as Institutions for Mental Disease (IMD), their residents were no longer eligible to receive services under Medicaid.
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