On October 4, 2011 a bill to update Pennsylvania's Family Caregiver Support Program was amended in the Pennsylvania House.The following day, October 5th, the amended bill HB 210 was passed unanimously by the House.
Prior to the amendment, HB 210 would have increased the maximum funding assistance from $200 to $600 monthly for basic costs and from $2,000 to $6,000 total for home modifications such as grab bars and wheelchair ramps.
The amendment effectively makes 4 changes:
1) It returns the normal maximum reimbursement to $200 monthly for basic costs;
2) It adds a provision that the basic monthly reimbursement amount may be increased above the $200 norm in cases where there is a demonstrated need;
3) However, it provides that monthly reimbursement is limited to $200 for any AAA whose average monthly reimbursement exceeds $300 across its entire caregiver support caseload;
4) It reduces the home modification total funding maximum from $6,000 back to $2,000.
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