Stop Rate Cuts to HCS & Texas Home Living Waivers

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Rate Cuts will reduce wages to direct support staff by 21%!

Under the Consumer Directed Services option for Texas Home Living and Home and Community Services, the PAS/HAB rate pays the direct support staff who provide training, support, personal care, housekeeping, and many other services. This significant rate cut will greatly reduce the stability & quality of the services. The current wage allows individuals with disabilities and the families that support them, to provide a competitive wage to personal attendants. All benefits and health insurance expenses, if budgeted, are contained within this current rate. And, the current rate ($22.01) is already a significant reduction from the original Supported Home Living rate of $28.85 (2013) that is comparable and based on SSLC expenses for direct support (including benefits as state employees).

Consumer Directed Services Option for HCS and Texas Home Living
- Provide highly stable staff to provide direct support in the home
- Is proven to be the MOST COST EFFECTIVE community based service model, including persons with HIGH SERVICE NEEDS
- Promotes the full inclusion of people with disabilities in natural homes and community
- With the legacy Supported Home Living transportation, staff support individuals to participate in the community

The Texas Legislature and HHSC promised with passage of SB-7 (83-R) that we will always be able to retain the services we currently have in the Medicaid waiver. This is taking the services away by significantly reducing the wages that pay the direct support staff who provide the day-to-day services and supports.

Keep your promise - No rate cuts in HCS and Texas Home Living!

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