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Written by: Michael Bolton on Monday, March 1, 2010 Posted in:

Starting today, eligible residents in Middle Tennessee have greater access to services in their homes and communities.  Using funding from the Long-Term Choices Act of 2008, low income elders in the middle portion of the state can choose to receive basic services at home instead of through institutions. The program will go live state-wide later this summer.

The launch of the program is a huge step forward for a state where 95% of its current long-term care spend goes to instutional care.  “Choices changes how we deliver long-term care and makes home- and community-based care services more available,” said Patti Killingsworth, chief of long-term care for the TennCare Bureau, the state’s Medicaid program.

“People will have freedom of choice between home-based care and facility care as long as care can be safely provided and doesn’t cost more than a nursing home.”

Excellent article and editorial in the Tennessean. Read them here and here.