Disability Services Bill Clears Hurdle in House Committee
(St. Paul, MN) -- It's been years in the making, but a bill that would create a methodology for setting the rates the state pays for home and community based disability services cleared it's first hurdle in a House committee. The legislation was drafted by D-F-L Representative Kim Norton of Rochester, after the federal government determined that some state policies for managing care and the cost associated with it violated federal law. Alex Bartolic with the Department of Human Services says the services are extremely important. The bill establishes proper and legal procedures for setting rates for care that ranges from inpatient, day care, night supervision or companion care, and even community-based employment services.