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Sara Myers • Washington Adult Day Services Association • (206) 461–3899 • email@example.com
jerry Reilly • (360) 561–4212 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Legislative Issue No. 6
“The federal government is not going to continue funding adult day health.”
Put adult day health back on the Medicaid
State Plan (where it had been until recently
being moved by Aging and Disability Services
Add adult day health under a new Medicaid
option. The federal government just approved a
1915(i) for the state of Nevada (it covers mental
health services, developmental disabilities
This is incorrect.
Washington has at least three options to continue Medicaid funding of adult day health.
and adult day health) and it has encouraged
Washington State to explore this option. DSHS
has determined that there are no regulatory
barriers to putting adult day health in the 1915(i).
Put adult day health under the COPES 1915(c)
waiver. This would unfortunately exclude many
clients with developmental disabilities who need
the service but are not eligible for COPES.
“People receiving adult day health care can be served in other community
settings if adult day health goes away.”
This is incorrect.
Adult day health provides skilled care.
Unlike most other community-based long-term care
services, adult day health provides skilled nursing
and rehabilitative care. Only a few residential options
do; home care does not. Adult day health can be used
together with home care or adult family homes to manage
complex, chronic health conditions and keep people out
of nursing homes, hospital wards and emergency rooms.
“1,900 individuals will be affected if adult day health is eliminated.”
This is incorrect. 1,900 is a one-month snapshot. 8,000 rely on adult day health every year.
2,700 rely on Medicaid to pay for the adult day
health care they need; plus
At least 1,300 pay privately; plus
At least 4,