We strongly support funding for home-related services such as home health, personal care, transportation and the basics such as home delivered meals. Programs such as these help individuals avoid entry into nursing homes or other long term care facilities. Should an individual have to enter a nursing home, we work to ensure that they receive good care while they are a resident of the facility.
It is important to note that many Missouri health care providers promote and maintain good services for individuals in their care. This includes services in the home as well as institutional care.
It is equally important to mention that there are also individuals and companies working in the long term care arena who do not provide good services resulting in the abuse and neglect of individuals in their care.
The Missouri Coalition for Quality Care was created to help those who can not help themselves. It is sad that some seniors have become forgotten citizens. You can help change that by joining us in our mission. Help us eliminate abuse and neglect in our State.
MCQC recently learned that the Missouri Adult Abuse Hotline is no longer available 24 hours a day. Read more about this here.
Senate Bill 322:
This bill would raise the asset limit for MO HealthNet permanent and totally disabled claimants, starting in fiscal year 2016, from no greater than $1,000 for individuals to $2,000 and from under $2,000 for married couples to $4,000 for each fiscal year after 2016 until 2019, those asset limits shall be increased $1,000 and $2,000 respectively so that by fiscal year 2019, the limit for individuals shall be $5,000 and for married couples $10,000. Beginning in fiscal year 2020, these limits shall be modified to reflect any cost-of-living adjustments. Additionally, this act excludes from asset limit calculations medical savings accounts and independent living accounts as defined in the Ticket to Work Assurance Program.
(State fiscal years run from July 1 through June 30. Fiscal year 2016 will begin July 1, 2015)
The Missouri Coalition for Quality Care supports this legislation. We encourage you to contact your State Representative and Senator and ask them to vote in favor of this legislation. This legislation will help Missouri Senior Citizens.
Missouri HB 818:
After reviewing HB 818 ( a bill that would transfer the inspection of nursing homes/long term care facilities from the Department of Health and Senior Services to Local Health Departments), MCQC is not supporting this legislation. It is our concern that this important part of nursing homes/long term care facilities regulation can not be appropriately handled by Local Health Departments. In many counties the offices are small and have very few staff. We feel that DHSS who has handled licensing and inspections should continue to these important functions. To move them to Local Health Departments will reduce the quality of nursing homes/long term care facilities in Missouri.