Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services for Older Adults with Disabilities: A Primer

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INTRODUCTION

When asked about where they want to live as they age, almost all older adults say they want to live in their homes and get the services they need in the community as opposed to moving into a nursing facility.1

The COVID-19 pandemic has added an urgent need to honor this desire, as ongoing outbreaks and
deaths demonstrate that residential congregate settings are the most dangerous places for anyone to live or work right now. And the more than year-long separation from family and friends that those living in nursing facilities and other congregate settings have experienced is leading to severe distress and, in some cases, early death.

Unfortunately, the reality is that many older adults cannot make the choice to live at home because they do
not have access to the necessary supports and services.

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