More Funding for Community Based Care for Elderly in Health Reform

A new report by Families USA titled “Helping People with Long-Term Health Care Needs: Improving Access to Home- and Community-Based Services in Medicaid” describes one new aspect of the Health Reform relating to community based care for elders.
The new law creates a new Medicaid option for states to provide home- and community-based attendant services and supports.
Health reform establishes a new Medicaid state plan option called the Community First Choice Option, starting October 1, 2011. This option covers community-based attendant services and supports to help Medicaid beneficiaries with daily activities and health-related tasks.
States that take up this option will receive a 6 percentage point increase in their federal match for costs associated with the program.
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