Community First Choice option launch

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The Department of Health and Human Services announced September 4 that California is the first recipient of the new Community First Choice Option, a new program included in the Affordable Care Act that provides funding to incentive states to expedite their deinstitutionalization efforts.

Community First Choice

During the next two years, California will receive $573 million funding to improve its services to help people with disabilities to move into community and home based services, consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act’s mandate to end unnecessary discrimination against people with disabilities.

The program will provide an estimated $3.7 billion to states through 2014, through matching funds of up to six percent to state Medicaid programs.

“California continues to lead the nation in health care reform and today’s approval reinforces the support and confidence the federal government has in the Golden State,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley, in a article for California Healthline. “We look forward to working with our state and federal partners as we move to provide seniors and people with disabilities with better options for self-directed care.”