BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Jindal administration is changing the rules to allow the terminally ill to live their final days at home, not a hospital or nursing home.
Officials say the plight of Kelvin Hudson, who was dying of terminal colon cancer, convinced them to change the rules.
Doctors refused to discharge Hudson from the hospital unless Medicaid would provide both "personal care" and "hospice care" for his end-of-life needs at home. Under the rules, Medicaid would only pay for one service or the other, but not both. The state made an exception and Hudson died at home.
Health secretary Kathy Kleberg tells The Advocate (http://bit.ly/KlxULD) the rule change will save the state an estimated $600,000 during next fiscal year because in-home hospice care costs less than that provided in a separate facility.
Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com