NH Delegation Announces $5 Million in Federal Funds Headed to New Hampshire to Support In-Home Caregiving for Seniors and Individuals Who Experience Disabilities
(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) announced $5 million in federal funds to support seniors and individuals who experience disabilities and their caregivers. The grant was awarded to New Hampshire Health and Human Services’ Money Follows the Person demonstration, which helps transition seniors and individuals who experience disabilities from institutions into home- and community-based settings.
“I’m thrilled that New Hampshire was selected as one of five states across the nation to be awarded this critical $5 million award. This funding will help connect Granite Staters with disabilities and seniors with quality care in the comfort of their own home or community,” said Senator Shaheen. “I’m committed to ensuring quality, affordable health care is within reach for families across New Hampshire, and I’m eager to see this funding in action.”
“As Americans age or experience disabilities, most want to be able to do so surrounded by loved ones, whether at home or in their own community. My family has been fortunate to benefit from home- and community-based care, as my husband and I are caregivers for our adult son who has cerebral palsy,” said Senator Hassan. “These federal dollars headed to New Hampshire will help more seniors and people with disabilities live and age where they choose with dignity. I will continue pushing to invest in caregiving as a profession, which will help the many families who are on waitlists or unable to access the care best suited for their unique situations.”
“This funding headed to New Hampshire will provide much-needed resources to expand home and community-based services for Granite State seniors and individuals with disabilities,” said Rep. Kuster, a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee. “Earlier this week, I saw first-hand the positive impact and importance of these services when I visited Visions for Creative Housing Solutions’ Lebanon location and met with staff and residents. I have been a consistent voice advocating for New Hampshire seniors and vulnerable Granite Staters to have the care they need, and I will continue working to ensure high-quality care is available to those who need it most.”
“Every Granite Stater deserves access to quality care in their community but far too often seniors and those living with disabilities struggle to get the long-term care they need,” said Rep. Pappas. “These funds will expand home and community-based services to help our most vulnerable neighbors. I remain committed to expanding access to quality health care so everyone in New Hampshire can get the care they deserve.”
Senator Shaheen and Hassan are committed to supporting individuals with disabilities in New Hampshire and across the country. Senator Hassan led efforts to include $12.6 billion in dedicated emergency funding for State Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) in the American Rescue Plan to better assist older Americans and people with disabilities who receive critical health care and support services in their homes. Senators Shaheen and Hassan also recently helped introduce legislation to make a historic investment in home- and community-based services by expanding access to quality home care services and lifting up the caregiving workforce that provides them. Additionally, the Senators previously cosponsored legislation to fully fund the IDEA, and Senator Hassan has reintroduced bipartisan legislation with Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) to address the critical need for more Direct Support Professionals in the workforce, who provide vital support to individuals who experience disabilities.