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Missouri Medicaid Personal Care – How to Get Paid To Care for a Family Member

Updated: Sep 1, 2022

Being a caregiver for a family member carries a significant price. Caregivers often have to reduce their working hours or leave their jobs in order to take care of their loved ones. It means that they spend hours assisting their loved one with daily activities such as cooking meal, taking them to the hospital, ensuring their safety etc. Given the amount of support and personal care offered, we believe they should be compensated for their time. We can help understand how to get paid for the care and time they provide to their loved ones.

Missouri Medicaid, which offers the personal care program (Consumer-Directed Services), was enacted by the federal Social Security Act 1965, and remains the major federal-state partnership serving low-income families and individuals. Medicaid, as a low-income program offers public health insurance coverage to low-income people and families, including seniors, working families and people with long-term physical and mental disabilities. Some people who otherwise would be forced to live in nursing homes can instead stay in their own home through Medicaid personal care programs, improving their quality of life. MOHealthnet (Missouri Medicaid) personal care eligibility rules help to make in-home care available to this who meet certain criteria including physical disabilities as determined by a needs assessment.

Personal care services, often known as personal assistance or home care, are generally provided for people with disabilities and long-lasting health conditions. Such assistance includes help with activities such as eating, bathing, drinking, grooming, toileting, mobility and transferring. Different states offer personal care services through in-home care and community-based waiver programs. In Kansas City, around two-thirds of the older adults with a disability depend on unpaid personal care from their family members and friends.

Individuals with a chronic disability who are enrolled in MOHealthnet personal care services can self –direct their services, compensating their caregivers through the Medicaid program for the in-home care they receive. With the help of this program, many chronically-ill and Missourians with disabilities can remain in their home and can receive personal care from their family or loved ones, people whom with they are most comfortable.

If you provide in-home care for your loved ones with permanent disabilities, you could get paid, too! If the disabled or elderly person is eligible for Missouri Medicaid, he/she is able to pay to their caregivers through the personal care program Consumer Directed Services (CDS). As a Personal Care Attendant (PCA), you take on huge responsibilities which can include financial hardship and reduced working hours. Financial compensation for the time and effort you devote in order to take care of your loved one can make a huge difference in your life and that of the individual you care for.

And of course, to ease the financial burden, you want to make sure you're getting the highest pay rate you can find. Access Personal Care ® is now offering $15 per hour pay rate options for caregivers through this program, one of the highest pay rates available for CDS caregivers! Caregiving is a difficult job and Access Personal Care ® understands this and can help ensure they are paid properly for their efforts. Call us today at 1.816.822.7432 to learn more!

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