HCAOA Washington Chapter Addresses Exclusion of Family-Funded Home Care Providers in WA Cares Act Funding
Recently, the Washington LTSS Trust Commission recommended (see slide 27) that family-funded home care providers be excluded from accessing WA Cares Act funding if they do not have a contract to provide Medicaid services. HCAOA and its Washington Chapter submitted a letter to the Commission expressing its vehement disagreement with the proposal, which you may read by clicking here.
The intent behind the WA Cares Act was to ensure that all working citizens of Washington could avail themselves of long-term care when and where they needed it. This new proposal would only serve to frustrate that original intent. According to DSHS Client Data, 60% of Washington’s citizens are not on Medicaid. Excluding home care and home health agencies that serve this population is unacceptable.
In our letter, we also requested that an open position on the LTSS Trust Commission be filled by a representative who can address the private pay home care and home health issues impacted by the WA Cares Act.
HCAOA will keep you updated on the latest in Washington as we await a response from the Commission.