Posted on: Jun 26, 2017
The Community First Choice (CFC) Program is a Medicaid program that offers personal care and other services. It was authorized by the Affordable Care Act in 2010, and is administered by the Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). For those who qualify, CFC provides home and community services for Medicaid beneficiaries. The goal is to help individuals who would otherwise need to be institutionalized in a skilled nursing facility instead be able to live in a home or assisted living setting.
To be eligible, you must meet financial and functional eligibility standards.
To meet the financial eligibility requirements, you must be eligible for a categorically needy (CN) or Alternate Benefit Plan (ABP) scope of care, delivered at home or in the community. Your income and resources must be within the set limits for Medicaid eligibility.
Functional eligibility is based on your physical needs. You must require help with some or all of your Activities of Daily Living (ADL), like bathing, getting dressed, and medication management. DSHS Home and Community Services (HCS) Division will conduct an in-person Comprehensive Assessment Reporting Evaluation (CARE) to assess your capabilities for self-care.
Based on your assessed needs, HCS will choose the services that are appropriate for you. CFC services include help with ADLs, such as help taking a shower or using the toilet. Services may also include help with your Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL’s), such as grocery shopping or money management, and may even provide assistive technologies to help you maintain your independence. The CFC program offers services that can allow you to get the care you need in the environment you prefer.
Understanding Your Healthcare Options
Washington State’s CFC program could help you live the life you prefer to live at home or in an assisted living facility, instead of requiring you to live in a skilled nursing facility. The compassionate attorneys at Elder Law Group PLLC understand how important it is to you and your family to properly and affordably provide for your healthcare and living needs. We can help you decide if the CFC program or another Medicaid benefits are right for you and your family. We know what is necessary to qualify for these benefits and how they will work in conjunction with your existing financial situation.
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