OLR Bill Analysis

HB 5228

AN ACT EXPANDING ELIGIBILITY FOR THE ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE RESPITE PROGRAM.

SUMMARY:

This bill increases, from $41,000 to $50,000, the annual income limit for participants in the Statewide Respite Care Program, which provides respite for caregivers who care for people with Alzheimer's disease or related disorders, regardless of age, who are not enrolled in the Connecticut Homecare Program for Elders. By law, the commissioner must annually increase the income and asset limits to reflect Social Security cost of living adjustments. The current income limit and the asset limit of $109,000 were set in 2009 and have not been adjusted since.

The bill also (1) appropriates an unspecified amount from the General Fund to the Aging Department in FY 15 to expand the program and (2) removes the stipulation that the commissioner operate it within available appropriations.

EFFECTIVE DATE: July 1, 2014

BACKGROUND

Statewide Respite Care Program

By law, program participants are eligible to receive up to $7,500 in services annually, depending on need. Services include homemaker and personal care assistant services, adult day care, short-term medical facility care, home health care, and companion services.

COMMITTEE ACTION

Aging Committee

Joint Favorable

Yea

12

Nay

0

(03/11/2014)