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California Receives Approval for Community First Choice Option

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California Receives Approval for Community First Choice Option

September 7, 2012

On September 4, the California Health and Human Services Agency announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved its state plan amendment to enact the Community First Choice Option. The approval means the state will receive approximately $573 million in federal funding during the first two years of implementation under the plan.

The Community First Choice Option is a recently-authorized state plan option under Medicaid that allows states that participate to receive a six percentage-point increase in federal Medicaid matching funds for providing community-based services and supports to beneficiaries who would otherwise be confined to an institution.

California is the first state to receive approval for the Community First Choice Option.