Jefferson backs bill that would allow seniors to stay in homes while receiving health care services

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — To provide a better quality of life for senior citizens and people with disabilities, state Rep. Chuck Jefferson, D- Rockford, voted for legislation reforming the Community Care Program (CCP), which allows disabled and elderly individuals to stay in their homes while receiving health care services.

This is a successful program in terms of how people are treated, and how patients remain comfortably in their own homes while receiving quality care,” Jefferson said. “The Community Care Program has unfortunately been severely underfunded, potentially putting our loved ones at risk, and resulting in more unpaid bills for the state. That’s why I am supporting this measure to take common-sense steps to stabilize CCP and protect this crucial program for our most vulnerable residents.”

House Bill 2275 reforms the Community Care Program, a state-funded program that provides in-home assistance to the elderly and people with disabilities. CCP allows individuals who would otherwise have to reside in a more costly and restrictive hospital or institutional setting to remain in their homes.

Currently, CCP will be underfunded by $315 million at the end of Fiscal Year 2013. H.B. 2275 aims address that shortfall and stabilize the program by making changes to Medicaid and cutting costs by taking advantage of new innovations in health care like data sharing and electronic visit verification.

By taking full advantage of federal funds and new innovations in the health care field, we can reduce expenses and keep more seniors in their homes, allowing them a better overall quality of life,” Jefferson said. “The changes that this bill makes to CCP should be a model for how we reform state programs in the future, and I look forward working with my colleagues in the House on similar reform packages that will save vital programs while reducing wasteful spending.”

House Bill 2275 has passed both chambers and now awaits Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s (D) approval. Contact Jefferson’s full-time constituent service office at (815) 987-7433.

Posted May 1, 2013

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