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Supervisors back in-home long-term care

Posted: June 2, 2009 3:56 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2009 3:56 p.m.
 
LOS ANGELES COUNTY - To provide more freedom of choice for disabled individuals, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion by Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich supporting federal legislation that allows disabled people to choose home-based care as an alternative to nursing homes or institutions.

The Community Choice Act (H.R. 1670 and Senate Bill 683) would establish a nationwide standard of coverage under Medicaid or community-based attendant care for long-term care patients of all ages, and would make available enhanced federal matching funds for those states, such as California, that have already implemented this innovative approach to care.

"Having the money follow the patient provides greater freedom of choice for the two million Americans currently living in nursing homes receiving full-time attendant care," Antonovich said.

"For states including California, the Community Choice Act recognizes the work that has been done already in the In-Home Supportive Services program and would make this program permanent -- allowing patients to stay in their homes while still receiving necessary daily care," he said.

Serving as a national model that offers alternatives to institutional long-term care, California's program has successfully provided consumer-directed, in-home services since the early 1970s.

The Board of Supervisors will send a five-signature letter to the county's Congressional Delegation and key committee members in support of the legislation.

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