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Governor's Medicaid Long Term Care Task Force Nears Completion of its Final Report

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Issue 27, Spring 2005

Governor's Medicaid Long Term Care Task Force Nears Completion of its Final Report
by Alison Hirschel, MPLP Elder Law Attorney

The Governor's Medicaid Long Term Care Task Force is putting the finishing touches on its Final Report and Recommendations. The detailed and sweeping recommendations concern creating regional single points of entry for all long term care consumers, establishing person centered planning practices for all long term care services, identifying ways to permit consumers to choose the setting in which they wish to receive services (including nursing homes, assisted living options, or their own homes), quality issues in long term care, increasing consumer knowledge and participation, addressing workforce problems, and how to finance long term care. The report also discusses barriers, recommended time frames, and issues that require further study. The draft report and a great deal of other information is available at www.ihcs.msu.edu/ltc (or go to the DCH website and click on the link to the Governor's Medicaid Long Term Care Task Force).

All of the recommendations involved significant in-put from consumers, providers, and other stakeholders and were adopted by the Task Force after lengthy discussion and review. Some of them can be accomplished administratively and may be implemented soon after the report is issued. Others require approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or legislative changes.

A coalition of aging and disability advocacy groups are sponsoring a rally to publicize the Task Force recommendations on June 9, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, on the front lawn of the State Capitol. Some groups have also received small grants to conduct activities that increase public awareness of the recommendations.