States Get 3 More Years To Meet Medicaid Standards for Home Care

States have until 2022 to find ways to get more Medicaid care to elderly and the disabled in their homes, CMS announced this week. That’s gives them three extra years. Originally, under the Obama administration, the states had until 2019 to make the changes, reports Kaiser Health News. The standards, adopted in 2014, mandates that Medicaid beneficiaries be offered opportunities to seek employment, interact with their communities, control their own money, among other things.

In addition, the standard says that people in group homes should get more privacy and choices, including being able to live in places where non-disabled people live. The extension was met with a sigh of relief in many corners of the health care world where the original deadline seemed unattainable.

Matt Salo, executive director of the National Association of Medicaid Directors, tells Kaiser Health News: “We have long been on record saying that the regulation was hopelessly unrealistic in its time frame. Delaying it actually helps consumers because the underlying regulation was going to push too many changes too fast into a system that wasn’t ready.”

Source: Kaiser Health News