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The opportunity to live in a home of one's choosing has tremendous impact on health and quality of life. On
Like everyone, a majority of people with disabilities want to live in a home and community of their choosing.
To help lead our efforts, HHS brought together experts from the fields of disability and aging and created theAdministration for Community Living (http://www.acl.gov/) in 2012. Earlier this year, with the
The Affordable Care Act (http://www.healthcare.gov/index.html) has created significant incentives for states to help people avoid being placed in institutions by supporting services that enable them to live independently in their homes and communities. The health care law extended the Money Follows the Person (http://medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Long-Term-Services-And-Support/Balancing/Money-Follows-the-Person.html) program, through which more than 30,000 people in 44 states have left institutions and returned to their communities. The Affordable Care Act also created the Balancing Incentive Program (http://www.medicaid.gov/Medicaid-CHIP-Program-Information/By-Topics/Long-Term-Services-and-Support/Balancing/Balancing-Incentive-Program.html), which provides additional funds to states to increase access to non-institutionally based, long-term services and support.
Just last month, HHS announced a
Every Olmstead anniversary allows us to celebrate the progress we have made. Although more work remains, so does our unwavering commitment at HHS. HHS will continue to move forward until the principles of Olmstead are a reality for all Americans.
The health care law gives Americans improved access to care through stronger
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