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NC Medicaid services remain for dementia patients

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - People with dementia or Alzheimer's disease living in special facilities in North Carolina can retain current levels of personal care services in the new year while their custodians appeal decisions to scale back Medicaid support.

State Health and Human Services Secretary Al Delia said Friday federal regulators have agreed to allow these residents to retain existing levels of Medicaid-funded care for now for things like getting dressed or taking baths.

Delia said a couple thousand residents are affected by new monthly caps on care and rate reductions Jan. 1. He said residents must appeal by the end of January for higher existing service levels to remain.

Delia said the delay could give lawmakers and Gov.-elect Pat McCrory time to revisit changes that mean less money for facilities providing the services.

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