Monday, May 14, 2007

13 States Get Grants for Long-Term Care Programs

Individuals with disabilities or chronic illnesses in 13 states and the District of Columbia will now have more support for living at home or in the community, instead of in institutions. And Medicaid-eligible individuals will more easily get the care they need.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will give more than $547 million in grants over five years for the efforts to: Delaware, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

The announcement is part of the CMS initiative “Money Follows the Person,” which was included in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA). And it is part of the administration’s New Freedom Initiative, which attempts to remove barriers for people living with disabilities or chronic illnesses who need community resources. For more information, visit

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