How can we keep the State from reducing Assisted Living Medicaid rates in Colorado?


(Colorado)

UPDATE!

As of July 2013 CALA has worked with the state legislature to restore the previous decreases back to their original amounts. Thank you to everyone on the legislative committee for your efforts.


Question:

How can we keep the State from reducing Assisted Living Medicaid rates in Colorado?

Medicaid rates for assisted living have decreased substantially and new regulations/requirements have increased in the past few years. Providing care for these clients is becoming more and more difficult.

How do we show the State how much money we are saving Medicaid by taking care of these clients rather than them going into nursing homes?

How do we hold our representatives responsible for making "common sense" decisions about Medicaid reimbursement rates?

Transportation receives more for a 1 one-way trip to the Dr's office than assisted living receives for 24 hours of care which includes meals, medication management, and many other services.

Answer:

I asked Tim Cortez from the Medicaid office about future decreases. He said that there were no more planned cuts to assisted living. CALA's Legislative Committee actively addresses these issues. We are in a planning phase with our lobbyist. You can have first hand knowledge of our progress by joining the Legislative Committee and helping us out. Please Email me at vp@cala-co.org

Chris Butler
CALA VP and Legislative Committee Chairperson

If you are a CALA member please visit the Member Profile Page where you can edit your profile and select the committee you would like to work with. When you do that you will receive emails and updates as they happen and we will know for sure that you want to work with that committee.

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