Maryland Now Has Community First Choice!
According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, Maryland is now the third state to implement the Community First Choice Option! The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have approved Maryland’s Medicaid State Plan Amendment and the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has begun to offer person assistant services, self-direction, and other home and community-based services under the Community First Choice Program. Combined with Maryland’s expansion of Medicaid, CFC will extend needed community-based supports without a waiting list to many more Maryland residents who need them.
Where do Other States Stand?
Montana has submitted a state plan amendment (SPA), Colorado has convened a council and feasibility study, and Arkansas, Minnesota, Montana, Texas, and Wisconsin have all indicated that they plan to participate in CFCO in 2014. Stay tuned for more news!