On February 8, 2006, President Bush signed the Deficit Reduction Act. This federal law made big changes to Medicaid for nursing home costs. Important parts of the new law were supposed to be effective from February 8, 2006. However, the Hawaii Department of Human Services only recently announced Hawaii’s proposed new rules based on the federal law. The public hearing on the new rules will be held on July 28, 2009.
One of the big changes involves the home. Under the old law the home