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AFC Families Describe How 9C Cut will hurt their family caregiving

Late last month Mass Health Assistant Secretary Daniel Tsai filed an emergency rule with the Secretary of State's office seeking to end the ability of Adult Foster Care providers and caregivers to be able to bill for 14 days of respite relief per year.

Adult Foster Care is an alternative residential choice for people with disabilities or elders, who live in the home of a primary care giver, who in exchange for providing 24/hour-7Day supports receive either $9000 or $18,000 a year (dependent on the individual intensity of disability).  Caregivers had been able to bill for 14 days a year at $50 per day for an alternative provider or respite worker to give them 2 weeks off per year.  This is the benefit Mass Health is now trying to eliminate to save $1.75 million to $3.5 million per year out of what the Administration calls a $1.8 Billion budget imbalance.

Mass Health has requested public input to be submitted by May 22, 2015

Daniel Tsai
Assistant Secretary
for Mass Health
EOHHS
One Ashburton Place, Room 1109
Boston, MA 02108

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