Balancing Incentive Program
Texas was recently awarded federal funds for the Balancing Incentive Program to increase access to Medicaid community-based, long-term services and supports, as well as a related program to expand the state’s network of Aging and Disability Resource Centers. BIP provides incentives to make home and community-based services accessible and easy to understand. This includes creating a “no wrong door”/single-point of entry for services, conflict-free case management services, and a core standardized assessment tool.
Texas and Indiana were both approved to start BIP on Oct. 1, 2012. Six other states are already in BIP:
- New Hampshire
The Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services is holding stakeholder meetings over the next couple of months to get input on how to design the program. A three-year work plan is due in December that describes state milestones for reaching BIP goals.
Aging and Disability Resource Center Program
Under the enhanced Aging and Disability Resource Center program, counselors will work with individuals and caregivers to empower and support people in making their own, person-centered decisions on long-term services and supports needs, resources, finances and planning. The ADRC system will serve all LTSS populations and payers, including individuals with physical disabilities, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, family caregivers and seniors with functional impairments. Texas currently has 14 ADRCs that serve 73 counties. All other states either have or are starting ADRCs, too.