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States Face Obstacles in Transitioning People Into the Community

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States Face Obstacles in Transitioning People Into the Community

May 29, 2012

In a May 24 article, Kaiser Health News details obstacles states have encountered in meeting their goal of moving more low-income elderly and people with disabilities out of long-term care facilities and into communities.

When the federal initiative Money Follows the Person was launched in 2007 to help transition people, states projected placing over 35,000 Medicaid recipients into their communities. As of March 2012, only around 22,500 have made the transition, falling 36 percent shy of the goal.

The article cites several challenges that have slowed full implementation, including a shortage of direct care workers, problems meeting reporting standards, setting up monitoring systems, and difficulties finding affordable, accessible housing for participants.