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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 14, 2004

Center For Disabilities, Development Gets Grant To Help Medicaid Recipients

Specialists in the Center for Disabilities and Development at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics recently received a $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to help Medicaid recipients receive personal care services in their homes.

Iowa is one of 11 new states to participate in the expansion of the successful Cash & Counseling program. The program gives Medicaid recipients more choice and control over the personal care services they are eligible to receive.

"Medicaid recipients who need help with highly personal things like bathing, toileting, dressing, preparing meals and housekeeping want flexibility and a sense of control over how, by whom, and when that help is provided," said Kevin Concannon, director of the Iowa Department of Human Services. "We're excited that the new Iowa Cash & Counseling program will enable participants to stay as independent as possible for as long as possible, and we are very confident that it will be successful."

Iowa's program will be called "Developing Choices - Empowering Iowans," and during the next three years it will provide services to more than 16,0000 older Iowans and persons with physical disabilities.

An independent evaluation of the Cash & Counseling program found that participants reported increased satisfaction with their quality of life. They also said the services they received increased, their unmet needs for care declined, and access to home care increased without compromising their health or safety.

More information on Iowa's Cash & Counseling program is available by contacting Eileen Creager or Deborah Johnson at ecreage@dhs.state.ia.us or djohnson@dhs.state.ia.us. Information on the national Cash & Counseling program is available online at www.cashandcounseling.org or through RWJF's Web site at www.rwjf.org.

The national Cash & Counseling program is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the Administration on Aging within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Boston College Graduate School of Social Work will serve as the national program office for the new program. In addition, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services will provide technical assistance and oversight related to the states' demonstration waivers.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine and UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at http://www.uihealthcare.com.

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