On September 4, ANCOR representatives attended a White House briefing on community living that featured numerous high-level administration officials, including Mark Hester, deputy chief of staff to the President; Cindy Mann; Henry Claypool; Sharon Lewis; Edwin Walker; Barbara Edwards; and James Hester.
Highlights of the program included information about:
- The next round of Affordable Care Act (ACA) Innovation Grants: the State Innovation Models initiative. The Innovation Center has created the SIM initiative for states that are prepared for or committed to planning, designing, testing and supporting evaluation of new payment and service delivery models in the context of larger health system transformation.
- HUD Section 811 Project Rental Assistance reforms. The U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development is shifting from building-based programs to helping people where they want to live. Thirty-five states have applied for Section 811 grants assistance for people with disabilities, which comes in the form of project rental assistance alone. No funds are available for construction or rehabilitation.
- A soon-to-be announced “Olmstead Academy” that will promote/share/build best practices.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ approval of California’s Community First Choice Plan. (Louisiana’s plan is currently under review.)
- The eight states that are now participating in the ACA Balancing Incentive Program. Two new grants were just awarded this past week for Texas and Indiana.
- The 43 states that are participating in the Money Follows the Person program. Maryland is using their funds to develop assessments; Texas will use the federal funding to close ICF/IDs.
Attendees included ANCOR members Scott Filer, Arthur Ginsberg, Marty Lampner, Ken Lovan, Than Johnson, Bob Baker and ANCOR staff members Barbara Merrill and Jessica Sadowsky. ANCOR member Gary Blumenthal attended on behalf of the National Council on Disability.