President seeks funds to move disabled people out of institutions, into homes

Washington-AP -- If President Bush has his way, people with disabilities would live in homes, not institutions.

Bush is proposing a plan that would have the government picking up the first-year Medicaid tab for people who move from institutions to community-based care.

Now, states typically share that cost with the federal government.

Disability rights activists have long said people are better served in real homes.

The plan would cost one-point-75 (b) billion dollars over five years.

The Bush initiative also includes money for caregivers to take breaks from their jobs, and a provision to allow the spouse of a disabled person to go back to work without losing benefits due to the increased household income.

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