In 2009, nearly 22,000 low-income Minnesotans with disabilities received help from the state's Personal Care Assistance (PCA) program, which is funded almost equally by the state and federal Medicaid program. Here's a snapshot of the program, based on home care bills filed with the state by providers:
• 618 companies were paid $418.4 million to care for 21,602 clients.
• On average, the state spent $14,783 per PCA recipient.
• 35 percent of the recipients were visited on 300 or more days of the year.
• 10 percent of the clients accounted for one-third of the total payments to companies.
• The top five diagnoses of PCA clients: autism, diabetes, attention deficit disorder, bipolar disorder and cerebral palsy.
• The average client age was 38. One-third of the recipients were age 18 or younger.
• The state lowered the hourly pay rate for PCA services from $16.24 to $15.84 on July 1. Source: Star Tribune analysis of Minnesota Human Services Department data
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