Vermont wins the "Pacesetter Prize" for Affordability and Access!
Vermont is a proven national leader in providing accessible, affordable, quality health, and long-term services and supports coverage for its residents. One way that Vermont's success has been measured over the last six years is through the national AARP Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard. Since 2011, Vermont's national ranking has gone from 20 to number 3 in 2017.
We are proud to say that within the Scorecard ranking, Vermont also demonstrated the most improvement in "Affordability and Access" than any other state resulting in the first ever SCAN Foundation award for Affordability and Access. An award ceremony and reception, hosted by the SCAN Foundation and the Department of Disabilities, Aging and Independent Living, was held at the Vermont Waterbury State Complex on September 21st, 2017. Governor Scott, Commissioner Hutt and many of Vermont's valuable State employees, providers, legislators and congressional representatives were present at the inspirational ceremony.
- LEARN MORE about the SCAN Foundation Pacesetter Awards.
- LEARN MORE about the 2017 AARP Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard.
Vermont's Achievement Highlights
- Vermont improved access to Medicaid and increased the percentage of low-income adults with disabilities that are covered by the program. This is partly due to Vermont’s outreach with community-based organizations to implement the Affordable Care Act.
- Since 2011, there has been no waiting list for home- and community-based services for people with high needs who qualify for a nursing home level of care.
- Affordability of home care and nursing home care also improved.
- Vermont reinvested savings to expand access to homemaker and adult day services for the moderate need population, or those who are not eligible for nursing home care.
- Vermont adjusted provider rates to help attract a high-quality, LTSS workforce to provide home care.
- Vermont expanded flexible LTSS funding options, including Adult Family Care.
The Adult Services Division (ASD) is proud of the role it has played in the management of long-term services and supports to Vermonters. To learn more about how you can connect to services in Vermont, please use the links below: