Sarbanes, Maryland Congressional Delegation Announce $25 Million to Help Seniors and Individuals with Disabilities Live Independently

Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) and the Maryland Congressional Delegation today announced $25,212,690 in federal funding to help make home and community-based services more accessible for seniors, individuals with disabilities and people with chronic illnesses.

This new federal funding was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. It will help older Marylanders, people with disabilities and individuals with chronic illnesses to live independently and receive care in their homes, rather than relying on institutional-based services.

“The risks posed by COVID-19 make it all the more critical for seniors and individuals with disabilities or underlying health conditions to be able to access home and community-based care,” the lawmakers said. “These types of investments help individuals lead more independent lives, prevent further spread of the disease and protect vulnerable Marylanders. This program will help ensure that Marylanders can receive high-quality and affordable care no matter where they live.”

The funding announced today will help the Maryland Department of Health continue to administer the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, a state-based demonstration project designed to increase the use of home and community-based services. The demonstration project seeks to eliminate barriers or mechanisms that prevent or restrict the flexible use of Medicaid funds to enable Medicaid-eligible individuals to receive support for appropriate and necessary long-term services in the settings of their choice.