Moylan Votes to Reform Senior Home Care Program, Reduce Fraud and Inefficiencies
04/30/2013DES PLAINES, IL - In a bi-partisan effort, state Rep. Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) took steps to reform the state’s senior home care program Thursday by passing legislation out of the House of Representatives that will work to eliminate fraud and make the program more efficient.
"Illinois is facing serious fiscal challenges, and this legislation was a practical step to rein in spending and eliminating fraud in the Community Care Program," Moylan said. "Protecting our senior citizens is imperative, and these changes ensure that the program remains functional and continues to provide essential home care service."
The Community Care Program (CCP) provides in-home assistance to qualifying seniors as an alternative to an institutionalized setting, such as a nursing home. This program is also less expensive, costing only $8,000 per senior compared to about $35,000 a year in a nursing home. These services may include home care aides, home-delivered meals, respite care, emergency home response and medication management. Over 85,000 Illinois seniors benefit from the CCP.
The reforms in House Bill 2257 include shifting to a managed care model for some seniors, applying for enhanced federal matching funds, improving Medicaid enrollment and processing, freezing rates at existing levels, and implementing more stringent personnel policies. Patient data will also be shared between agencies and the Social Security Administration to allow the state to better identify fraudulent use of the program and improve fraud investigations.
"If we're going to fix the state's debt problem, we need to act now," Moylan said. "It will take practical and common-sense legislation to resolve these challenges. I believe reforming the Community Care Program is a strong step in that direction, and proof that we can work in a bi-partisan effort to cut spending while also preserving critical state services."