Affordable Care Act gives assistance to Medicaid beneficiaries looking to age at home


February 24, 2011

Many disabled adults have wanted to age at home, but have been unable to afford the care that would enable them to do so. That may change thanks to recent federal support granted by the Affordable Care Act.

Thirteen states will be receiving a total of $621 million in funds over the next five years.

"Our country recognized in the Americans with Disabilities Act that everyone who can live at home or community-based setting should be allowed to do so," Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement. "The Affordable Care Act provides states critical new dollars toward achieving that goal."

Adults who are looking to age safely and independently may also want to invest in a personal emergency response system. This device can be used to instantly send a medical alert to caregivers or neighbors if one needs assistance.

The states that are receiving the assistance are Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Maine, Idaho, Minnesota, Mississippi, Rhode Island, Tennessee, New Mexico, Nevada, Vermont and West Virginia. The federal funds will come in the form of two initiatives – The Money Follows the Person Program and the Community First Choice option.