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.