Missouri governor signs bill on in-home care for disabled

Friday, June 25, 2010 | 5:45 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri Gov. Jay has signed legislation supporters hope will save millions of dollars in the state Medicaid program.

The new law allows independent contractors to assess whether disabled people qualify for in-home care services. Providers will eventually use a telephone-based time clock to ensure they're paid only for they hours they work.

In-home care providers help disabled residents bathe, cook, clean and perform other daily activities.

Some critics fear the new rules could make it harder for disabled people to remain in their homes instead of entering nursing homes.

Nixon signed the bills Friday.

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