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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 14, 2012 6:30 AM

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Health act aids Iowa

Iowa will receive resources made available by the Affordable Care Act — the health-care law — to help seniors and people with disabilities live in their communities, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced today. These resources will help ensure Iowa residents can choose to live at home rather than in a nursing home or other facility.

The Iowa award, projected at $61.8 million, is a vital component of a broad state-based approach to expand community-based care provided by the Affordable Care Act's Balancing Incentive Program.

The administration strongly supports ensuring that people with Medicaid can get the support they need to continue to live in their communities. While most Medicaid dollars for long-term services and supports still go to institutions, the national percentage of Medicaid spending on home and community-based services has more than doubled from 20 percent in 1995 to 43 percent in 2009.

The Iowa Department of Human Services Balancing Incentive Program, in partnership with community organizations throughout the state, plans to further develop the systems of community-based care that serve seniors and individuals with behavioral health needs, physical disabilities, and intellectual disabilities.

Julie Brookhart
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services News


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