Vt. gets $18M grant for long-term home care
MONTPELIER — Vermonters living in long-term care facilities could be able to return to their communities with the help of an $18 million federal grant.
The five-year “Money Follows the Person” grant helps people who wish to leave nursing facilities by funding expenses such as rent deposits and accessibility modifications not covered under Vermont Medicaid reimbursement policy.
Last year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service gave Vermont a demonstration grant that allowed 375 people to leave a nursing facility.
All people receiving Vermont Medicaid and living in a nursing facility are welcome to apply for help through the grant. Officials have begun outreach in Washington, Windsor and Windham in counties where a higher percentage of Medicaid-eligible individuals remain in nursing homes.