Synopsis As Introduced Amends the Illinois Public Aid Code. Provides that the Department of Human Services, in consultation with the Department of Healthcare and Family Services, shall develop a demonstration project within the Home Services Program under which a spouse may be reimbursed for providing care to his or her spouse, who is eligible for services through the Home Services Program and who meets the criteria for the demonstration project. Provides that the demonstration project shall operate in selected counties and be limited to serving no more than 100 unduplicated persons in a State Fiscal Year. Sets forth required components of the demonstration project. Requires that development of the demonstration project begin by July 1, 2009. Requires an interim report to the Governor and the General Assembly by March 1, 2010 and a report of findings and recommendations by March 1, 2011. Effective immediately.
House Floor Amendment No. 1 Adds criteria for spousal caregivers under the demonstration project, including (i) a limitation on the total hours of a spousal caregiver's outside employment plus hours of providing care to his or her eligible spouse to ensure that the complete plan of care is delivered to the eligible spouse and (ii) limitations on a spousal caregiver's participation in the demonstration project if the caregiver has a known history of spousal abuse, neglect, or exploitation. Provides that spousal caregivers shall be paid at the Personal Assistant level of care and pay rate; provides that in those instances in which the eligible spouse requires specialized services (for example, services provided by a certified nursing assistant (CNA), licensed practical nurse (LPN), or registered nurse (RN)) and the spousal caregiver has the corresponding certification or licensure, the spousal caregiver shall be paid the higher rate for the specialized services only. Provides that the specialized services the eligible spouse is authorized to receive shall be defined and approved in the services plan. Adds 5 components that must be included in the demonstration project, including monthly in-home monitoring, documentation of the marital relationship, and assurances that the spousal caregiver is emotionally, physically, and cognitively able to provide the necessary care to the eligible spouse.