Oregon boosts care for developmentally disabled

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An expansion of Oregon's services for people with developmental disabilities has families and caregivers cheering, but it's also raising concerns about the price tag and availability of services.

Under a provision of the federal health care law, many of the 9,000 Oregonians living at home with developmental disabilities are now eligible for a big increase in state funding to pay for services. That can mean tens of thousands of extra dollars for each person to use for things like in-home caregivers.

The Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/VukOl0 ) that the federal government covers 70 percent of the costs, with the state picking up the rest. The program is intended to help people with disabilities stay at home rather than more expensive institutional settings.

But some families say there aren't enough qualified service providers to go around.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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