Ron D'Aquila Head ShotJust last week there was good news out of Hartford when Governor Malloy announced that he plans for certain cost-saving measures for state health care programs for Connecticut residents. One of the most positive changes will be a major expansion in the “Money Follows the Person” program for seniors and adults with disabilities that wish to receive care in a home setting vs. institutional setting such as a Skilled Nursing Facility. We see the request and desire from our clients daily – that they be able to live in the homes they love, most being in their homes an average of 40 years or longer. What the program is designed to do is allow for some of the moneys’ currently administered under the Medicaid program be spent on patient care services in home or community based settings.

Seemingly, this program is geared towards transitioning seniors living in Skilled Nursing Facilities back to home or community based settings. In fact, the governor identifies a goal of transitioning over 2,200 nursing home residents to the community by the end of fiscal year 2013, and expand the initiative to 5,200 placements through 2016. However, my hope is that policymakers see that it is just as important – if not more important to consider the reverse in this cycle, which is to provide financial support to keep seniors and adults with disabilities at home with the proper support services and care to begin with.

What do you think?