New Hampshire will be the first state in the country to receive new Medicaid grant money to help seniors and people with disabilities remain in their homes.
The state will receive $26.5 million over three years through the Affordable Care Act.
The goal is to help states shift from institutional care to home and community-based services.
In 2009, 41 percent of New Hampshire’s Medicaid money was spent on community-based services.
That will increase to 47 percent in 2013 with the new grant money.
“We are absolutely committed to consumer-directed care, offering more choice and certainly opening up the possibility that all consumers and their caregivers can have the supports they need in order to live in community,” said Nancy Rollins, Associate Commissioner for Health and Human Services.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, nationwide most Medicaid money for long-term services still goes to institutions.