Illinois won’t limit which residents get elderly, disabled services

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration has officially dropped plans to limit which elderly and disabled Illinois residents qualify for state-subsidized services.
    
Illinois uses what’s known as a Determination of Need score to assess eligibility. It factors in things like how much help is needed to perform daily tasks. The higher the need, the greater the score.
    
The current minimum threshold is 29, which Rauner wanted to make 37. Advocates say that would’ve have left 34,000 people without help.
    
On Monday, Rauner’s administration notified federal officials that Illinois won’t pursue those changes.
    
The decision was essentially made last week when Rauner rewrote a bill on who gets institutional or at-home care.
    
The bill’s sponsor has said he’s studying the veto and will consider an override attempt. Lawmakers return to Springfield on Tuesday.

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