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White House Event: The Affordable Care Act Supports Community Living

Statement by Kathy Greenlee
Assistant Secretary for Aging and
Administrator, Administration for Community Living
Wednesday, September 5, 2012

All Americans – including older Americans and people with disabilities – should have the choice to live at home with the supports they need rather than having to enter an institution to access support services. The Affordable Care Act, the health care law signed by President Obama on March 23, 2010, brings us closer to making this a reality. The law includes new options to help older Americans and people with disabilities stay in their homes, receive care in the settings of their choosing, and retain control over their own decision-making. The Affordable Care Act also makes health care more accessible and affordable, a key element of healthy, stable life in the community.

Today, the Obama Administration is hosting an event at the White House to bring together advocates and stakeholders to hear an update on how the Affordable Care Act is enabling more seniors and people with disabilities to transition from institutional settings back into their homes and communities. Panel discussions with experts from the fields of disability and aging are expected to shed light on the challenges ahead as well as the progress we have achieved.