A national political news website created a stir Wednesday in Texas when it suggested Gov. Rick Perry was cozying up to some of the provisions in the GOP-loathed Affordable Care Act.
Politico reported that Texas officials have been negotiating with President Barack Obama’s administration to bring nearly $100 million in federal funds to Texas to help pay for home care services for people with intellectual disabilities.
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Facts about Community First Choice
• The newly created program is part of the Affordable Care Act.
• The program lets states provide home and community-based attendant services to Medicaid enrollees under their Medicaid state plans and helps them avoid expensive institutional care.
• The federal government provides a 6 percent increase in federal matching payments to states to pay for the plan.
• California and Oregon have approved Community First Choice programs.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services