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MiChoice Home and Community Based Waiver Program Receives First Budgeted Increase in Funding Since 2001

MPLP Winter 2008 Elder Law Section Newsletter Article

                Issue 35, Winter 2008

 

MiChoice Home and Community Based Waiver Program Receives First Budgeted Increase in Funding Since 2001

In the recently completed state budget battles, despite the state’s extreme fiscal challenges, the MiChoice Home and Community Based Waiver Program received a budget  increase for the first time since 2001.  Under the FY ’08 budget, the MiChoice program will receive $123.8 million, an increase of $23.8 million over the FY ’07 budget and of more than $5 million over actual spending on the program during the last fiscal year.  In addition, a separate line item allocated $11 million for the Money Follows the Person federal initiative which will assist additional individuals who wish to transition  from nursing homes to the MiChoice program. Despite the increased appropriation, nursing home funding still dwarfs funding for the MiChoice program.  In addition, substantially  more funding is required to serve the approximately 4,000 people now on the MiChoice waiting list, increase the average per diem funding for MiChoice recipients to more appropriately meet their needs,  and cover the rising costs all health care related programs are experiencing.


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