The federal government is supporting individual state efforts to bolster home- and community-based care, and Missouri was recently awarded federal money under the Affordable Care Act to expand home health services for Medicaid recipients, reports the Columbia Daily Tribune.
When state lawmakers wrote the $24 billion spending plan for next year, they counted on the award announced yesterday, which will mean as much as $100.9 million to the state over the next three years. The funds are part of the federal health care overhaul known as the Affordable Care Act.
Missouri will receive the money through higher federal matching fund payments, which means the state spends less of its own tax revenue for the program.
The funding will support in-home services for the elderly and disabled on Medicaid. The in-home program provides support for a range of services designed to keep clients out of expensive nursing homes.
Last week, the federal government awarded $3 billion to states currently spending more on nursing home care than at-home health care as part of a program that seeks to evenly balance funding for institutional and home care.
Read more at the Columbia Daily Tribune.
Written by Alyssa Gerace