Community Choice Act of 2009

Posted by Pam Blanton on January 29, 2010

The Community Choice Act (H.R. 1670 and S. 683) is part of healthcare reform legislation that, if passed, can provide people with disabilities the choice of where to live, rather than being forced into institutional care.

Currently, every state that offers Medicaid is required to provide nursing facility services, but community-based services remain optional.  The Community Choice Act requires states to offer community-based services for Medicaid eligible people who want to stay in or return to their homes and communities.  Under the law, Medicaid services will follow an individual to a community setting.  The problem?  Medicaid does not pay for housing.

People with disabilities, living on Supplemental Security Income, have the greatest unmet need for housing assistance of any group in the US because there is not a community in our nation where they can afford the rent on a modest one- bedroom apartment.

This lack of affordable housing means that hundreds of thousands of people continue to live in expensive and segregated settings such as nursing homes, board and care facilities, and shelters.  Community Choice Act of 2009

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