Texas Seeks Federal Funding For Mentally Disabled

AUSTIN (August 21, 2013)--Texas is asking for additional funding through the federal Affordable Care Act to help the mentally disabled, a move that would allow the state to settle a lawsuit.

A spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that the state is working on a program that will allow mentally disabled residents to remain at home, rather than go to assisted living facilities.

The program, which is is part of the Affordable Care Act, could bring more than $93 million to the state.

Establishing the Community First Choice program is also the centerpiece of a legal settlement with disability rights groups that filed suit against the state in 2010.

HHS spokeswoman Stephanie Goodman said the program will not added people to Medicaid, only allow them more options for care.

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