In our effort to continue to offer patients and their families care and support, MGA sponsored two pieces of legislation to create a program that allows a family member to become a caregiver for a patient under 21 years old who requires a skilled level of home-based care.
This program was inspired by a program in Colorado and creates a Medicaid benefit opportunity for family members to receive education, training, and compensation to become a Licensed Heath Aide (LHA). The program allows family members to serve as their loved one’s pediatric health care provider. The program seeks to provide families with more options and bridge gaps in care that patients are experiencing due to the nursing shortage the healthcare industry is experiencing.
Since this legislation passed in March of 2021, MGA Homecare has continued to work in conjunction with the state regulatory agencies and stakeholders regarding the regulation and policy developments for this program. We are proud to have worked closely with our regulatory partners to ensure the program can be a success.
Currently, the Home Health Agencies in Arizona have the option to apply to the AZ Board of Nursing to get their agency’s LHA education and training program approved. MGA Homecare received approval for our training program last month.
Before LHA’s can start, they will need to complete our state-approved LHA Training Program and obtain their license from the Arizona Board of Nursing.
MGA is very excited to bring this benefit to our patients and their families in the state of Arizona!