Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Act on the Aging. Provides that the program of services established by the Department for the purpose of preventing unnecessary institutionalization shall be known as the Community Care Program. Requires certain services to be included in the Program, and authorizes the Department to include other services. Provides that participants may choose among the preventative services provided. Provides that the Department shall report the number of participants in the Community Care Program who receive medical assistance. Provides that the Department shall ensure that all eligible participants receive the number of hours they need up to the monthly service cost maximum, that all services are available to Community Care Program participants on evenings and weekends, and that participants have the right to choose how the hours of service are designated. Provides that the Program shall include personal assistant services. Contains other provisions. Effective July 1, 2007.
State Debt Impact Note (Government Forecasting & Accountability)
HB 652 would not change the amount of authorization for any type of State-issued or State-supported bond, and, therefore, would not affect the level of State indebtedness.
Fiscal Note (Dept. on Aging)
The estimated cost of this bill is approximately $300 million. This includes $76 to $205 million to maximize service cost maximums for all clients in the Department on Aging's Community Care Program. To achieve parity with the service cost maximums under the Department of Rehabilitation Services' Home Services Program an additional $125 million will be needed.
House Floor Amendment No. 3 Deletes everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Illinois Act on the Aging concerning the Community Care Program. Deletes home health services and home nursing services from the Program. Includes personal assistant services, flexible senior services, medication management, and emergency home response in the Program. Sets forth measures that the Department on Aging is required to take to increase the effectiveness of the Community Care Program. Provides that the Department may promulgate rules concerning personal assistant services. Contains other provisions.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Provides that the Department shall require all new financially eligible Community Care Program applicants to apply for and enroll in medical assistance by January 1, 2008 (instead of July 1, 2007).