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In home care and community services for disabled people

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People who are disabled often need special care. But too often nursing homes or assisted living facilities are the first choice. However, these facilities aren't the only option. In fact, the government has found that people with disabilities may do better when they live at home.

That's why the government is giving more money to states for home care through Medicaid. It's called the Community First Choice Option. The goal is to help people live comfortably at home, instead of in institutions.

How does it work?

Through 2014, states will receive $3.7 billion from the government. This money will provide more home care to Medicaid members. It'll cover personal services like home attendants to help with bathing, eating and taking medicines. It can also cover moving and living costs, like security and utility deposits, first month's rent and household supplies. This is for people who need financial support after leaving a hospital or institution.

How it impacts you

If you qualify for Medicaid and are ready to live at home, you might get help from the Community First Choice Option. First, discuss home care with your doctor. Then, find out what services you qualify for by contacting your Medicaid policy holder.

Is this program offered where I live?

Not every state offers these funds. For a full list of states that do, go to the U.S.Department of Health and Human Services website.

Does this cost extra?

No. If you qualify, you will not need to pay extra for home care. The idea behind the Community First Choice Option is to help you financially while you move your care from a facility to your home.

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