OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5226

AN ACT INCREASING THE PERSONAL NEEDS ALLOWANCE FOR CERTAIN LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY RESIDENTS.

SUMMARY:

This bill requires the social services commissioner to increase the personal needs allowance (PNA) provided to residents of long-term care facilities who receive Medicaid or certain other federal or state assistance from $60 to $72 per month. It also requires the commissioner, beginning July 1, 2015, to increase the PNA annually in accordance with any Social Security cost-of-living adjustments. (Presumably, this means the PNA increases annually by a percentage equal to the Social Security increase, if any, for the same year.)

Covered facilities include nursing homes, chronic disease hospitals, and state humane institutions. Residents of these facilities who receive Medicaid must apply their monthly income (e.g., Social Security) towards their care costs, but may keep a portion (the PNA) to pay for incidentals like haircuts and newspapers. Medicaid pays the difference between the applied income and the daily rate for care set by the Department of Social Services.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2014

COMMITTEE ACTION

Aging Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

12

Nay

0

(03/11/2014)