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Illinois Ranks Low for Disability Home Care Spending

Updated: Tuesday, July 1 2014, 09:12 AM CDT
ILLINOIS --
Illinois
still ranks near the bottom of states in its funding for home care
programs for the disabled -and this year's budget isn't going to change
that.

The state lagged behind 38 other states and the District of
Columbia in its allotment of Medicaid money - to non-institutional
care.

It earmarked about 42 percent of Medicaid long-term care
funding to home and community services in 2012. That's up from about 18
percent a decade ago, but it's below the national average.

As the
state gets ready to begin a budget year of flat funding, Don Moss, an
advocate for the disabled, says things might not get worse, but they're
definitely not going to get better.

"The new budget doesn't
particularly help things any because it's so flat, there's no incentive
really to the community to accept people from the state institutions if
they're not going to get adequate payments for it," Moss said.

A
1999 U.S. Supreme Court decision says unnecessarily segregating people
in mental hospitals, nursing homes and other institutions amounts to
discrimination.  Advocates for the mentally ill,  older people and the
disabled cite the ruling in arguing for home- and community-based care.



Illinois Ranks Low for Disability Home Care Spending


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