Here's a press release that 77th District state House contender Chris Wright sent out last weekend that I just noticed in my jammed inbox:
Chris Wright, the Democratic nominee for State Representative in the 77th District , will fight to expand a program that will provide an opportunity for families and their loved ones who are in nursing homes to be able to move out of nursing homes to less-restrictive settings, including an individual’s own home.
Wright explained that earlier this year Majority Democrats passed and the Governor signed into law SB 561 “An Act Concerning The Money Follows The Person Project.”
The law requires the Connecticut Department of Social Services Commissioner to apply to the federal government for approval. “The Money Follows The Person (MFP) Program permits states like Connecticut to move people out of nursing homes to other institutional settings that are community-based or more importantly, an individual’s own home.
“This new law has great potential to reduce the state’s reliance on institutional care and enable the elderly to stay in their own homes,” Wright said. “This is a quality of life issue for nursing home residents and their families, while having the potential of saving the state money.”
Wright pointed out that currently the state receives a 50% match on Medicaid costs, but under the new Money Follows The Person Program, the state will receive 75% from the federal government resulting in savings for Connecticut.
Connecticut’s Department of Social Services is supposed to start this program this month with no more than 25 people to ensure that the transition from nursing homes to an individual’s home works. The plan is that once the program is up and running, its expansion will follow.
“This is a critical first step that has great potential,” Wright said. “I will follow the progress of this program carefully and am prepared to support any and all legislation to ensure its success when the legislature convenes in January.”
“Home and community care for nursing home and disabled clients is a goal worthy of our efforts,” Wright said. “I welcome the opportunity to ensure it will be a success.”
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