NC Personal Care Services For Thousands May End

As many as 4,000 people, most living in North Carolina adult care homes, could lose Medicaid-paid services for personal assistance as patient qualifications are aligned with requirements for patients living at home.

Top regulators in North Carolina's Medicaid office told a legislative committee Tuesday the number of Medicaid consumers who could no longer be covered for personal care services. The service eligibility standards are being made the same for all 46,000 recipients to comply with federal law and court rulings.

Medicaid regulators say the changes will take effect April 30, but they're asking the federal government for a delay.

Adult-care home industry lobbyists say the rules could lead to facilities being closed because it won't be financially feasible to keep serving those residents.


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  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Mar 14, 2012 at 03:56 PM
    Well Obama voters, this is what you wanted, you, hear and now. So who threw grandma under the bus? You wanna guess. Seems last I saw, the DNC voted DNC for Obamacare and most of you were defending it. Yeah, how is that we need to vote it in to figure whats in it work fer ya? 600 billion cut...where did you think it would come from? You! Well, you got healthcare for illegals and deadbeats at the cost of our seniors. Now, tell us all how proud you are of Obamacare. Its estimated today, already, it will cost 1.7 trillion dollars. Its online so don't bother to dispute it. Fed up with libterds, they want it all, lie about seniors like Grayson did and now this. Oh, and Obamagas is going up like his healthcare. Wow, did you guys and gals have it going on...down the toilet since 08.
  • by Glad about it! on Mar 14, 2012 at 06:11 AM
    I am glad to hear about this along with those being tested for drugs that gets public assistance.I knewof people who got a nursing assistant coming to the house just to clean and cook no medical services needed and could wlk run,skip,hop and drive a vehicle my mother,bedrdden for 6 yrs and had a asst. for two hours a day
  • by Terrie Location: Martin County on Mar 14, 2012 at 05:27 AM
    I know a teacher who says she has arthritis,but you can't notice it. She's been on full disability for 30 years. A man in the neighborhood can take a whole bundle of shingles up a ladder and shingle his house, but he's on full disability. Another man has a chemistry degree from NC state but he drags a cane behind him, he's very active with various things but is on full disability. My H.S. accounting teacher was bent over at a 90-degree angle when he walked, and had to sit on his backbone at his desk but he worked a full 30 years.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 11:53 PM
    Hope and change. I hope it changes.
  • by my 2 cents on Mar 13, 2012 at 08:42 PM
    Yes, this will more than likely hurt those who truely need the services. While many others who don't really need the diability benefits, get it. Since AFDC/welfare was done away with (I agree there should have been changes)now people have resorted to the new welfare--getting a diability check. Jobs that pay a liveable wage are hard to come by, so people have figured out a way to survive using the excuse of diability. Not everyone, but a lot of people expecially those with drug and mental problems.
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      by do what? on Mar 14, 2012 at 05:30 AM in reply to my 2 cents
      AFDC/welfare hasnt been done away with...its called TANF/WFFA....and checks are flying daily. For those that need disability it takes yrs to get approved...for those that get YOUR tax dollars it's just about a given....no long hearing process...yes...there is change...and they are taking it to the bank!!
  • by Steve Location: Ayden on Mar 13, 2012 at 06:52 PM
    This is directly from obama and a by product of his health care plan. Just wait until they take $500 million out of Medicare.
  • by me Location: Bayboro on Mar 13, 2012 at 06:34 PM
    We need to look out for the truly disabled and the old but we need most to cut out all the welfare fraud. There is a lot of fraud in the welfare system and the disabled system too. There should be an audit of all of these organizations. I know people right here that are on disability and are not disabled at all. One man was working and being payed under the table and on welfare. The welfare found out and told him to stop working or they would cut off his check. The system is being run by the wrong people.
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