As the Governor and legislative leadership begin final negotiations on the state budget, it’s important that members of the General Assembly hear from home care providers who participate in the Connecticut Medical Assistance Program and home care Medicaid waiver programs in support of additional Medicaid funding and reimbursement. Last month, the Appropriations Committee approved funding in the amount of $10 million in each of the next two fiscal years to reflect Medicaid rate increases to home health and waiver services providers.
After considering the federal share, providers will receive approximately $20 million in the aggregate each year. The Governor did not recommend a Medicaid increase in his budget. The overall amount is favorable, but it will be divided among many human services and home care providers. Thus, lawmakers need to hear from HCAOA Connecticut members about the importance of Medicaid funding to home care, how they might be struggling to meet rising costs and expenses, including minimum wage, keep up with demand and ensure industry wages rise to levels sufficient to recruit and retain direct care workers. Sharing personal stories about the care you provide and testimonials from clients praising your services can be particularly effective.
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