Synopsis As Introduced States opposition to the proposed change of the Determination of Need Score minimum threshold from 29 to 37, which would result in thousands of people with disabilities and seniors being left without critical support for activities of daily living in their own homes. Urges the Governor and the Illinois Department of Human Services to withdraw any and all plans to amend the Medicaid State plan to change the Determination of Need score requirements.
Senate Floor Amendment No. 1 Replaces everything after the heading with similar language. Adds the Department of Healthcare and Family Services to the list of agencies that announced changes to the minimum threshold for eligibility to enter the Community Care Program and adds Supportive Living Facilities and nursing homes to the list of those institutions affected by those changes. Clarifies that Medicaid waiver service would be adversely affected by changes to the Determination of Need Assessment score requirement minimums. States that the members of the house of Representatives find it unconscionable to deny tens of thousands of people with disabilities and seniors the opportunity to receive vital care and support services. States that proposed changes to the Determination of Need score were made without any input from those that advocate for the needs of individuals with disabilities and the elderly. States that each resident residing in a nursing home with support from the State's Medicaid Long Term Care Program saves Illinois taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars by preventing unnecessary emergency room and hospital visits. Adds Illinois nursing home workers to the list of thousands of citizens who would be left without employment when consumers are made ineligible for assistance through the proposed changes. State the body's opposition to the proposed change of the Determination of Need Score minimum threshold from 29 to 37, which would result in thousands of people with disabilities and seniors being left without critical support for activities of daily living in their own homes and access to critical medical care in nursing homes.