Monday, August 12, 2013

Oregon Families Fight New Provision of Affordable Care Act

SALEM, Ore. — Deana Copeland has cared for her 22-year-old, medically fragile daughter since she was born, but she's afraid that a new provision of the Affordable Care Act could force her to place her daughter in foster care.
Deana Copeland, right, has cared for
her daughter, Andrea Hood, since
she was born.

Her daughter, Andrea Hood, suffers from cerebral palsy, spina bifida and autonomic dysreflexia, a potentially life-threatening condition, and requires around-the-clock care. Copeland is both Hood's legal guardian and paid service provider, for which she receives $1,400 a month.
"I could never expect somebody else to address her needs the way I do," said Copeland, a Cornelius resident. "In our specific situation, it is going to cost the state exponentially more to do less care for Andrea if Andrea has to be cared for in a center."
That's because a new provision of the Affordable Care Act set to go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, would largely prohibit guardians from serving as the paid caregiver of an adult child with developmental disabilities. Disability rights advocates and state officials are fighting the provision and say it could restrict family flexibility and choice, especially for single parents who serve as guardians and use the caregiving allowance to stay at home.

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