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Forbes Magazine Highlights SASH as a Way to Reduce Medical Costs for Older Adults

An article by latest federal evaluation showing significant savings in Medicare/Medicaid costs, as well as happier, healthier people. SASH is “an important example of the potential advantages of pairing senior housing with services. It can help older adults stay at home longer, and may keep them out of the hospital and reduce Medicare costs,” Gleckman concludes.  Read the article here.

Federal Study Links SASH to Medicaid Savings for Long-Term Care

A new federal evaluation of Vermont’s groundbreaking “Support and Services at Home” (SASH) program, released July 12, 2019, shows significantly slower growth in the cost of long-term institutional care for very low-income SASH participants compared to non-participants. The finding holds true for SASH participants age 65 and older who receive Medicaid to cover the cost of long-term care in nursing homes. Medicaid costs were about $400 less per beneficiary per year among participants living at affordable-housing sites where SASH is based, researchers found.  Learn More.

SASH Featured in U.S. News & World Report

SASH participant Jeanne Daley is featured in an article in U.S. News about her overall improvement in health and emotional well-being since moving into a residence where SASH is offered. The article dives into the “what” and “how” of the SASH model, speaking specifically to Daley’s successes. The article also touches on the interest of several states to replicate SASH within their borders. Read the full article here.

SASH Shown to Reduce Growth in Costs for Emergency Department and Specialist Visits

A study published in the national HUD research journal Cityscape identifies the traits of SASH groups (“panels”) that have the biggest bang when it comes to reducing Medicare expenditures. Among the findings: Visits to emergency rooms and specialty physicians by SASH participants in nearly all Vermont SASH panels cost less compared to the control group, with statistically significant savings among participants in the early and urban panels who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid. The study, conducted by RTI, was a deeper analysis of data RTI gathered during its most recent evaluation of SASH. Read the study here.

SASH Innovation Featured by National Organization

St. Johnsbury SASH participant Regina Fournier’s story is featured in an issue brief published by the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation as part of its series on highly effective programs serving older adults and people with disabilities. The brief itself discusses the huge success of SASH since its start in 2009. The overview walks through how the SASH program operates, showcasing why SASH was chosen as one of the most innovative programs supporting older adults and differently abled persons. Read the full brief here