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For Immediate Release
March 18, 2016
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Nebraska Medicaid Chosen to Participate in Federal Innovation Acceleration Program
Focus on People Receiving Long-Term Services and Supports
Lincoln—Courtney Phillips, CEO of the Department of Health and Human Services, announced today the Nebraska Medicaid program has been selected to participate in targeted technical support to promote community-based housing options for Medicaid recipients who are aged or have disabilities, and receive long-term services and supports. The technical support is provided through the federal Medicaid Innovation Accelerator Program (IAP).
“Many of the Medicaid recipients who use long-term services and supports face difficulties maintaining their homes,” said Phillips. “We know that barriers may exist, like lack of physical accessibility to the home, late rental or utility payments, or impairments that affect financial management. The down side is that loss of housing can lead to institutionalization or homelessness. It’s an important issue affecting quality of life for many Medicaid recipients.”
The Medicaid IAP Supporting Housing Tenancy program promotes innovative strategies that are being used, or could be used, by states to support community-based housing services for Medicaid recipients. The assistance also targets collaboration with key housing partners.
Calder Lynch, DHHS Director of the Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, said the goals of the program are to provide Medicaid recipients with tenancy sustaining services, promote a collaborative relationship between state agencies and community partners, and gain a better understanding of which housing-related activities and services are covered by Medicaid.
The IAP is a three month web-based learning series. The cross-section of agencies involved include the DHHS divisions of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, Behavioral Health and Public Health; the Department of Economic Development; Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging; League of Human Dignity; Kearney Housing Authority; and the Nebraska Housing Developers Association.