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Legislature approves funds for group homes, Alzheimer's units

The state House gave unanimous approval to a measure that will allow group homes for the mentally disabled and Alzheimer's units in adult care homes to tap into a $39.7 million state fund to compensate for the loss of Medicaid money.

The bill now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature.

Under federal pressure, the legislature last year changed how people qualify for personal care - help bathing, eating, and walking - that's paid by the government health insurance program.

Many people with mental disabilities living in group homes no longer qualify, and pay for special care for Alzheimer's patients is under new limits.

The bill allows payments to group homes and special care units from a special fund set up to compensate adult care homes for Medicaid losses until June 30. Group home owners, advocates for the mentally ill, and a new group called the N.C. Alliance for Alzheimer's Care want legislators to approve long-term solutions.

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