Options for Getting Purchasing Power into the Hands of Participants: Lessons from Participant Direction Programs


This policy brief describes the use of cash, debit cards, and third-party payers in various participant-directed programs and suggests how these findings can inform the design and implementation of the CLASS Plan.

Date Updated: 04/06/2011

Individuals receiving benefits through the CLASS Plan will have a Life Independence Account, which will hold their authorized monthly benefit amount. This account can be accessed by the individual to purchase nonmedical goods and services that support the person’s independence at home or in another community-based residential setting. While specific rules and regulations have not determined how beneficiaries will access their Life Independence Account, the law states that they will have the option to use a debit card connected to their Life Independence Account…

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