$25 Million From HHS Helps Elderly, Disabled Veterans Remain at Home

Elderly and disabled veterans now have a greater opportunity to stay out of long term care facilities and receive in home care after the Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday an allocation of $25 million under the Affordable Care Act as an initiative to help elderly and disabled individuals who have served the country remain in their homes. 

The program’s funding will be available between a one to three year period and will be distributed to state Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) that care and advocate for elderly and disabled veterans wishing to remain out of institutionalized long term care facilities. 

“The purpose of this is to meet the needs of the aging veteran population throughout the country,”  said Doug Walker, Program Coordinator for Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF) in an email to HHCN.

From 1995 to 2010 there was a 64% increase in veterans seeking long term services and supports, according to the Administration on Aging. 

The funding will be in addition to the $10 million per year that was previously  appropriated by the Affordable Care Act through fiscal year 2014, Walker said.

Veterans will also receive an additional $27 million from the Veterans Health Administration over the next three years in an effort to increase their option of receiving health care in their home. 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration and the Administration for Community Living will help implement the program that will use the ADRCs to connect veterans to resources such as transportation and support services to help them remain in their home regardless of their condition. 

Written by Erin Hegarty

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