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New Rule by Obama Administration reinforces the need for families to implement a Special Needs Plan

New Rule by Obama Administration May Decrease Hours for Direct Care Workers and Increase Costs on an Already Financial Stressed Medicaid System

New Rule by Obama Administration reinforces the need for families to implement a Special Needs Plan Says Ryan Platt, a Chartered Special Needs Consultant and founder of A Special Needs Plan.

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) April 30, 2014 -- This new rule is designed to improve pay and working conditions for more than 2 million home care workers; however, many states are concerned that it may result in higher Medicaid costs. Starting on January 1 home care workers will now be eligible to receive overtime pay. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates the rule will cost $6.8 million a year over a 10 year period, with state Medicaid programs and private business on the hook for the increase.

“The verdict is out on the impact of this new rule for the Special Needs Community. On one hand it may improve the lifestyle of direct care workers, on the other hand those same workers may have their hours cut, and families will have to add additional workers to their staff which will mean additional training and a loss of continuum of care for a period of time. The other possible negative is the added financial pressure on these small direct care agencies and an already stressed Medicaid system,” states Ryan Platt, Founder of A Special Needs Plan and creator of

Ryan Platt continues, “This new rule reinforces the importance of Special Needs Planning for families. The seemingly endless changes to the rules in the Medicaid System and the financial design of the service world requires families to have a proper plan in place to ensure their child has a secure future no matter how the government benefit landscape changes. Families should also ensure they have a trusted professional who is constantly staying on top of these changes so their plan does not become outdated and in danger of not working!”

About A Special Needs Plan:

A Special Needs Plan was founded in 2006 as a special needs planning advisory firm. They offer special needs planning educational products, planning consultations to families, as well as educational workshops and seminars for families, organizations, and financial professionals. They are on a “Million Family Mission” to reach one million families with accurate and credible information, as well as offering advisory services to families’ across the country. A Special Needs Plan is passionate about helping to alleviate the anxiety surrounding special needs planning and transform that feeling of anxiety into a sense of empowerment, so that families are able to provide for their loved one with special needs, while at the same time provide for the whole family. To learn more visit

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