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Changes Being Made Soon to Personal Care Services –COMMENTS NEEDED BY FRIDAY!

Changes Being Made Soon to Personal Care Services –COMMENTS NEEDED BY FRIDAY!

The Department of Health Services will
Reduce Travel Reimbursement to Personal Care Providers on April 1, 2012

Agencies providing Medicaid personal care services receive reimbursement for the time it takes direct service workers to travel to people’s homes. The Department of Health Services (DHS) plans to reduce the reimbursement for travel on April 1. With rising gas prices this funding becomes more critical. Agencies rely on this funding particularly in cases where individuals need small amounts of service time more than once a day or live far away. Agencies have said that reducing funding for travel may cause them to stop serving some people.

DHS plans to implement the following:

  • Pay urban providers half the current rate.
  • Cap urban providers at 2 hours of travel time per consumer per day.
  • Cap rural providers at 3 hours of travel time per consumer per day. The first two hours would be paid the full rate. The last hour would be paid half rate.
  • Rural providers who travel less than 3 hours per person per day would be reimbursed the full rate.

DHS may consider changing their plans based on comments they receive by March 30, 2012. DHS seeks input from individuals receiving personal care services about the impacts of the proposal travel reimbursement cuts.

Comments should be submitted to both the DHS Secretary at DennisG.Smith@dhs.wisconsin.gov and Elizabeth.Scudder@dhs.wisconsin.gov.
You can also fax comments to Elizabeth Scudder at: FAX (608) 266-1096.