I am writing in response to recent Medicaid cuts in Kentucky. The regulation that put these devastating cuts into effect will be before the Administrative Regulation Committee of the Kentucky Legislature Tuesday. This is lawmakers' opportunity to help seniors retain their much-needed Medicaid services by finding the regulation deficient.
These cuts not only affect seniors; the regulation also negatively impacts family members and caregivers. If seniors have been deemed ineligible for nursing homes, they are also ineligible, under this regulation, for adult day care services. If they were able to attend adult day care, relatives would be able to continue to work and would not be forced to care for them around the clock.
Nursing home residents are not the only ones affected by this regulation. Patients at adult day care centers and clients of Home and Community Based Waiver programs are facing a much more drastic cut. They are currently suffering from a 32 percent loss in their population based on denials that are a direct result from the regulation. These community-based services allow the patients to stay in the community, and provide respite for families who care for them on a daily basis.