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County prepares for health program change

Some Washington County residents enrolled in a home-based care assistance program may see changes to those services or could lose eligibility altogether.

County public health officials say they are responding to reforms to the state personal care assistance program. Those changes could result in some people being dropped from the program in 2010 and another group of residents having to change services a year later.

The personal care assistance program provides help to low-income citizens who live independently or with parents and suffer from physical ailments or behavioral conditions that restrict their ability to complete daily living tasks, such as bathing and eating.

An estimated 440 people from throughout Washington County were enrolled in the program in 2007, according to state data. County nurses conduct around 500 assessments each year; most are referred to the program.

See the Oct. 14 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin for the full story.