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The Generations Project Working to inform, educate, organize, and offer creative solutions to rebalance Indiana’s long term care system Established in 2001
Collaborating Partners l l l AARP Indiana Alzheimer’s Association The Arc of Indiana Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana CICOA, Aging & In-Home Solutions l COVOH - Council of Volunteers and Organizations for Hoosiers with Disabilities l l Indiana Alliance for Retired Americans Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging Mental Health Association in Indiana United Senior Action of Indiana.
The Issue l l l Rebalancing Indiana’s public spending for long term care: Medicaid Balancing spending on home and community -based services with spending on institutional care. Quality of Life Issue Wise use of public money Providing services that are preferred
Critical Constituencies l l l Seniors Persons with disabilities Minorities Service Clubs Neighborhood & senior centers l l l Labor & retirees Business organizations Academia Local Neighborhoods Faith-based organizations
Progress l Spring 2003: – Passage and signing into law of Senate Enrolled Act 493 l Spring 2004: – Little or no progress on behalf of state to implement the law. Delays, excuses.
Long Term Care Rebalancing Indiana’s Long Term Care System June Holt, Outreach Coordinator The Generations Project
Long Term Care l l l What is long term care? Who needs long term care? Where do people prefer to receive LTC? Who pays for LTC? Why should we be concerned about long term care?
Defining Long-Term Care l Long term care encompasses a broad range of help with daily activities that chronically disabled individuals need for a prolonged period of time – – – Primarily low-tech services Assistance with ADLs and IADLs Hands-on or supervisory human assistance Assistive devices Home modifications
Definitions What are they talking about? or Some terms you should know.
CHOICE Program l Community & Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly & Disabled Totally funded by state of Indiana Served 10, 000 in 1999 Model program for home care l HCBS = Home & Community Based Services l l l
Medicaid Waivers l l Allow Indiana to provide a variety of in-home and community-based services to individuals who would otherwise require the level of care provided in an institutional setting Each client is assigned to a “waiver slot” – l One can not receive services unless assigned to a waiver slot Served 7, 615 in FY 2002
SSI Supplemental Security Income l l Pays monthly benefits to the poor who are blind, disabled or elderly. 2003 SSI: – $552/month for individual l l 300% SSI = $1656 Used as a qualifying amount for Medicaid services
SEA 493: Long Term Care Reform Act l l l l 2003 Senate Bill 493 A bill designed to rebalance the way Indiana spends Medicaid dollars on long term care. Passed without a negative vote by Indiana House and Senate Enrolled Act 493: SEA 493 Signed into law in May 2003 Public Law 274 -2003 IC 12 -10 -11. 5
Institution or Home?
System is out of balance 2002 Medicaid funds l Indiana spent $1. 1 billion on institutional care l Indiana spent $194 million for home and community based care l HCBC costs taxpayers 65 -80% less than institutional care
Annual tax dollars in millions spent on long term care in Indiana (2001/2002) $1. 174 $194 million billion
Indiana long term care costs
Balanced spending in other states
Hoosiers prefer home care l More than 27, 000 on waiting lists for HCBC – l Many qualify for NH bed but don’t want to go Many empty nursing home beds – In 2001 nearly 25% of nursing homes were empty l #1 reason to get off waiting list is death l #2 reason is going into nursing home
Why has this happened? l l Used to think NH or institutional care was best for the disabled – young or old Laws written with “Institutional Bias” – l l Mandated NH/institutional care These laws have created barriers for low income Hoosiers to receive HCBC Laws force many into nursing homes who would be better served at home
SEA 493: The Law Rebalances the way public money (Medicaid) is spent on long term care
Eliminates barriers Ø Allows Medicaid dollars to follow the client from nursing homes to home care. Ø Makes the income eligibility standard for Medicaid home care services the same as for nursing home care at 300% of SSI. Ø Directs the state to apply for an additional 20, 000 Medicaid waiver slots.
Supports families Ø Protects the spouse from becoming impoverished when services are provided at home. Ø Establishes a caretaker support program. Ø Expands services to include personal care services and more.
Respects the person Ø Expands client rights under Medicaid waivers. Ø Establishes the right to self-directed care. Ø Establishes a comprehensive array of home and community based services.
Provides for future needs l Indiana must establish a system of integrated services to facilitate Home and Community-based care including: – – Improved transportation, More choices in housing Enhanced education Expanded workforce development
Implementation of the Law l Indiana is slow in implementing this law l Waiting lists are too large and are growing l People are dying instead of getting the care they need and deserve.
2004 Legislation l Passed Senate Bill 449 l Gives Health Finance Commission (Joint Senate & House committee) the charge to monitor implementation of SEA 493 l Will allow legislators to follow the implementation process of SEA 493
Opportunities for Hoosiers l Keep the issue alive until the law is working for us l Let the governor and your legislators know that you want this law to be implemented as quickly as possible l SEA 493 will save lives and save money
Questions, Discussion & Action Call the Governor at 317 -232 -4567 or 1. 2. E-mail at [email protected] in. us Ask him to implement SEA 493, the Long Term Care Reform Act of 2003 It’s good for taxpayers, it’s good for the state and it’s what Hoosiers want
Rebalancing Indiana’s Long-term Care System SEA 493: It’s the law! Thank You