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Public forum to address respite care cuts

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Posted: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 11:56 am

Proposed cuts to respite care will be discussed 2 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday as part of a public forum on Arizona's Medicaid Reform Plan. The proposal is to reduce respite hours from the current maximum of 720 hours per year to 360 hours per year. Respite is a service that is funded by the state Department of Economic Security's Division of

Developmental Disabilities for qualifying families with a child who has a disability. It is designed to give the primary caregiver, parent, or guardian some time off.

The public session will be held at ABIL Conference Center, 5025 E. Washington St., Ste. 200, Phoenix.

Space is limited. If you wish to speak on the matter or attend the forum, there may still be spots open between 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. You must RSVP to Alma.Torres@azahcccs.gov at AHCCCS. For additional information on community forums, visit: www.azahcccs.gov/publicnotices.

If you are unable to attend Thursday's forum, you can submit written comments to AHCCCS at http://www.azahcccs.gov/reporting/federal/commentform.aspx

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