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The consolidation, effective January 1, 2009, improves access to a wider range of in-home long-term supportive services for a greater number of seniors and adults with physical disabilities who meet the income, asset and nursing facility level of care requirements established by Medicaid. GO participants will have the options to hire and direct their own service providers.
The move to GO gives care managers greater flexibility in modifying individual care plans as needs and preferences change over time. It also simplifies administrative processes for federal, state and local officials.
"This approval is good news for
DHSS has mailed letters to everyone enrolled in the current programs – including Assisted Living/Adult Family Care (AL/AFC), Caregiver Assistance Program (CAP) and Community Care Program for the Elderly and Disabled (CCPED) – explaining that the switch to GO will be automatic and seamless. These individuals do not need to complete new applications and the services they are currently receiving will continue. Nearly 10,200 people are currently receiving services through these programs.
Commissioner Howard called the approval “an important milestone in our drive to rebalance
“The move to GO is good for consumers and fiscally responsible for the State,” added Human Services Commissioner Velez, whose department oversees the Medicaid Program. “This change will allow more individuals to receive care in the community, an option that is more desirable for the consumer and less costly for the State than institutional care.”
Federal approval of GO furthers efforts initiated by Governor Corzine to make the state’s long-term care system more flexible and consumer-friendly. In 2006, he signed into law the
GO is designed to supplement – not replace – the assistance already being provided by family, friends and neighbors. By providing a flexible package of services and supports, the new program strengthens the ability of caregivers to continue in their vital role as primary support providers.
GO participants work with a care manager to create an individualized plan of care based on a comprehensive assessment of the participant’s healthcare needs. Once the plan of care is approved, community-based services are put in place and monitored to ensure quality and effectiveness.
Seniors, adults with physical disabilities and their caregivers seeking information and access to GO, as well as other state-funded or private pay home and community-based long-term care services, can do so by calling their local Area Agency on Aging toll-free at 1-877-222-3737, or by visiting the Division of Aging and Community Services’ website at nj.gov/health/senior/.
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