Backlash Prompts Idaho To Delay Cuts To In-Home Care Medicaid Reimbursements
Disability providers, who were told to expect a 46 percent cut in the reimbursement they receive each day, say the move will hurt the quality of patient care. In other state Medicaid news, North Carolina alters its policy to cover breastfeeding services.
The Associated Press:
State To Delay Medicaid Reimbursement Cuts On In-Home Care
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is delaying its decision to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates for in-home care for the developmentally disabled after receiving harsh backlash from disability providers who say the move will negatively impact care. The agency announced Monday that it will now implement the change in February rather than at the beginning of the new year. Last week, providers who offer in-home care at the "intense" level were told starting in January they would see about a 46 percent cut in the reimbursement they receive each day — the same level as in 2006. Rates were cut by 37 percent at the lowest level of support. (Kruesi, 12/23)
North Carolina Health News:
Medicaid Policy Changing To Get Breastfeeding Help Covered
Breastfeeding is one of the most natural things a mother can do for her baby. But for some women, the task doesn’t come naturally. Babies can have trouble latching on, women can have difficulty with pain or milk flow, and frustration can quickly build. (Hoban, 12/20)