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AARP Mississippi’s Multi-year Effort Eliminates Waiting List for Home and Community-Based Services

For more than 6 years, AARP Mississippi has advocated for more home and community-based services (HCBS) funding. This year, work by AARP staff and volunteers paid off with the elimination of the HCBS waiting list. In 2011, AARP Mississippi successfully urged legislators to allocate $16 million from a Medicaid surplus. The Mississippi Division of Medicaid used the $16 million to begin moving people from the HCBS waiting lists into services.

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Previously, the program provided services to 12,097 state residents. The funding for 16,800 slots means the 3,386 people whose names were on the waiting list can get the care they need without having to move into a nursing home. In addition, 1,317 more people could be served.
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