Budget Amendment ID: FY2016-S3-792-R1

Redraft EHS 792

Spouses as Caregivers

Mr. Tarr, Mrs. L'Italien, Ms. Gobi, Ms. Lovely, Ms. O'Connor Ives, Messrs. Ross, Hedlund, deMacedo, Wolf, Humason and Moore, Ms. Forry, Messrs. Joyce and Montigny moved that the proposed new text be amended by inserting a new section at the end thereof:-

SECTION__ The Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Elder Affairs shall file an application to seek a waiver with the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) to amend the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ 1915 ( c) elderly waiver, provided that such amendment must be revenue neutral , that any program of home and community based services in which family members are permitted to serve as paid caregivers, funded pursuant to Section 9 of Chapter 118E shall include spouses within the definition of a family member.