CHOICE program; nursing facility moratorium.

Authors: Senator Patricia Miller, Senator Jean Leising, Senator Timothy Skinner

Co-authors: Senator James Merritt, Senator Ryan Mishler

Sponsors: Representative Timothy Brown

Co-Sponsors: Representative Edward Clere, Representative Gail Riecken, Representative Charlie Brown

Advisors: Senator Ryan Mishler, Senator Jean Breaux, Senator Jean Leising


Beginning January 1, 2015, changes asset limitations within the community and home options to institutional care for the elderly and disabled program (program) from $500,000 to $250,000 and specifies certain exemptions. Beginning January 1, 2015, requires annual adjustment of the asset limitation using the federal Consumer Price Index. Beginning January 1, 2015, allows a participant who is unable to perform at least one activity to participate in the program under specified circumstances. Requires the division of aging (division) and the area agencies on aging to jointly establish specified procedures. Beginning January 1, 2015, allows the division to: (1) annually redetermine program eligibility; and (2) place a lien to recoup the cost of program services that exceed $20,000. Requires the division to exclude $20,000 of countable assets in determining cost participation for the program. Defines "under development" for purposes of the moratorium on nursing facility comprehensive care beds. Prohibits the state department of health from approving the licensure of comprehensive care health facilities or new or converted comprehensive care beds. Prohibits residential nursing care facility beds from being converted to comprehensive care beds. Adds exemptions for: (1) health facilities under development as of June 30, 2014; (2) certain replacement facilities; and (3) continuing care retirement communities. Specifies that the state department of health makes the final determination concerning whether an entity is under development. Postpones the expiration of the moratorium from June 30, 2014, to June 30, 2015.