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The University of New Hampshire, the Institute on Disability, and the Center for Community Economic Development & Disability at Southern New Hampshire University were granted a three year award to develop the Living with Indepence, Freedom, and Equality (LIFE) Feasibility Study and Implementation Plan.
The goal of the LIFE Account project was to develop a viable savings program for children and adults with disabilities who self direct their own Medicaid funded, community-based, long term care services for the improvement of quality of life and community participation, without disqualifying beneficiaries from necessary medical or public benefit programs. To that effect, the feasibility study included several policy studies, exploratory research activities, and program design efforts, the objectives of which were designed to capture knowledge and understandings from multiple points of view, including, but not limited to a) individuals and families with disabilities, b) agencies facilitating self-directed services, and administrators of Medicaid programs.