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Mo. to get additional Medicaid money for home care

JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri could receive about $100 million of additional Medicaid funds over several years under a federal program intended to encourage more home- and community-based services for the elderly and disabled.

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Wednesday that Missouri was one of four additional states approved for the program.

The law offers a higher federal Medicaid matching rate for home- and community-based services to states that currently spend less than half their long-term care dollars on such services but commit to expanding access.

Missouri’s enhanced funding will begin July 1 and run through Sept. 30, 2015.

The other states approved Wednesday for the program are Iowa, Georgia and Mississippi.

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