(a) In determining the amount of an eligible individual's income available for the
cost of long-term nursing home care authorized under this part on or after January
1, 2010, a deduction shall be made from the person's total income in the amount of
fifty dollars ($50.00) per month to be treated as a personal needs allowance within
the meaning of applicable federal regulations.
(b)(1) The department of health is directed to review, and revise as necessary, recommendations
previously developed to protect nursing home residents from vendors and others who
would seek to provide inappropriate or unneeded goods and services, or otherwise divert
personal needs allowance funds for uses other than those meeting residents' personal
(2) The recommendations shall be provided to the general welfare, health and human
resources committee of the senate and to the health and human resources committee
of the house of representatives not later than the second Tuesday in January, 2010.
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