To who it may concern:
I don't know why it seems to be an ongoing thing for politics to disrupt processes that are going just fine. The removal of consumer direct services for in-home parents of minors and spouses is frustrating and annoying. Why not make it an option for parents and/or spouses to choose rather than taking it away. The freedom of choice still exists and needs to be available for everyone. These are our children and spouses that are being cared for at home. It goes beyond just a licensed person coming in to collect a check. We are (as parents and spouses) the on-call, 24-7 cooks, attendants, nurses, etc.
Why create chaos and burden to these agencies by saying if a spouse or parent want to be the caregiver (if this goes through) they must be an employee of an agency. Has anyone considered any of the following as a possibility if consumer-direct services is removed:
This change is unnecessary and will cause more issues rather than benefits. If the process thus far isn't broken, then why try to modify it. To my knowledge, this provision was put in place during COVID. This is when my child was approved for Medicaid and we opted for consumer-direct services; primarily because we wanted to refrain from having someone come in and out of our home daily and not know what their health status was. My son requires care 24/7 and we don’t want someone constantly in and out of our home like that. Not to mention, that caregiver won’t be around for overnight hours or vacations; but as a parent, I am always available.
It has been a pleasure for us and it's definitely been convenient. All I’m saying is remove the blinders of bureaucracy and return back to common sense, normalcy and respect for community/personal options or decisions. These are our loved ones whether they are minor children or our spouses. We know them and we know what’s best for them. Please vote AGAINST the removal of consumer-direct services and allow families to continue to care for one another in their personal spaces.