NC bill would expand aid to Alzheimer's patients

RALEIGH, NC (AP) -- There's a proposal moving ahead in the House directing North Carolina's Medicaid program to give additional paid help to people with dementia or Alzheimer's disease for things like getting dressed and bathed.

The House Health Committee voted Tuesday for legislation expanding coverage hours for personal care services for qualifying patients living at home or in special care units.

The state reduced this kind of care to 80 hours per month in January to comply with federal requirements that services be comparable for people at home or in corporate settings. The bill from Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary now heading to the House Appropriations Committee would raise the cap to 130 hours per month and make it available in both settings.

Dollar says the change can be completed using existing funds.

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