Michigan (PRWEB) December 17, 2008
Michigan Long Term Care Connection announces the launch of a web site and state-wide toll-free phone number to help bring options, information and experts to Michigan residents. The web site is http://www.MILongTermCare.org and the toll free number is 1-866-642-4582. (Call 2-1-1 in the Upper Peninsula)
Michigan Long Term Care Connection was created with the goal of helping residents learn about long term care options with one single point of entry. MILongTermCare.org saves people time, money and frustration in the Long Term Care system. Michigan Long Term Care Connection options counselors listen to families personal needs, and bring options and information to families facing long term care decisions.
One call to Michigan Long Term Care Connection introduces families to friendly professionals who are ready to listen and answer questions. Option counselors give the most up-to-date information about resources throughout Michigan. The website has detailed information on topics including how to pay for Long Term Care.
Michigan Long Term Care Connection is a seamless partnership of community organizations and experts. Michigan Long Term Care Connection provides unbiased information and assistance about programs and services in each community served.
Michigan Long Term Care Connection provides:
- Single point of entry into long term care services
- Options Counseling on hand to help consumers learn about, understand and explore long term care options, services and support.
- Assistance in pre-planning long term care and building a transition plan
- Helping families understand financial eligibility
- Benefits Counseling to help people learn about and apply for public and private benefits
Michigan Long Term Care Connection serves Detroit/Wayne County, Southwest Michigan, West Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
The Long Term Care Connection demonstration initiative was created following recommendations made by the Michigan Medicaid Long Term Care Task Force established by Governor Jennifer Granholm in Executive Order 2004-1. The Task Force met between June 2004 and May 2005 to examine the long term care system and make recommendations to improve quality, expand the reach of home and community-based services, and reduce barriers to an efficient and effective continuum of long term care services in Michigan. Recommendation # 3: called for the creation of single point of entry agencies for consumers, recognizing that Michigan citizens needing long-term care services for themselves or for loved ones, lack a centralized, neutral source of information and assistance in understanding and accessing those services. Executive Order 2005-14 issued in June, 2005, required the Department of Community Health to establish single point of entry demonstration programs. The Long Term Care Connections demonstration initiative was born. Public Act 634 of 2006 passed by the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Granholm on December 30, 2006 established the initiative in law and provides further guidance to the department on performance expectations and evaluation requirements. The Long-Term Care Connection is supported by state and federal Medicaid funds and a 2005 CMS/AoA Aging and Disability Resource Center grant.