Background on issue:
Home care services help keep more than 56,000 medically-fragile North Carolinians safe and healthy at home and out of costlier and more potentially dangerous settings like institutional facilities. Since the onset of the pandemic in spring 2020, state lawmakers have been tremendous supporters of in-home care. By temporarily increasing funding for home care programs, NC has allowed thousands of residents to continue to access skilled nursing and home health aide services through COVID. Through June 30, 2022, NC Medicaid will temporarily continue the COVID-add on rates with a rate of $23.84 per hour for aide services.
But unless additional funding is provided to make $23.84 the permanent rate starting July 1, 2022, and further increasing the rate by $2.00 to make it $25.84, the aide rate will revert to the legislative rate of $19.56 per hour. That cut will have a devastating impact on the home care industry – during our industry’s most severe workforce shortage in many decades.