Money Follows the Person (MFP) Programs: Help Moving from Nursing Homes to the Community

Page Reviewed / Updated - May 2014

Misperceptions about Long Term Care Programs
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Definition: Money Follows the Person

The Money Follows the Person program is designed to move elderly Medicaid participants out of nursing homes and into the homes of their families or the community. The MFP program does not provide individuals with financial grants to aid in their transition. Instead this is a federal program that provides states with grants so they can develop Money Follows the Person programs.

These programs use existing Medicaid resources such as HCBS waivers to assist individuals in managing their care outside of a nursing home. The federal funds are also put toward the development of new services designed to help individuals with the transition such as housing coordination, case management and tele-health services.

 

States with Active MFP Programs

As of 2014, 44 states had active MFP programs or were in the process of developing programs. These states include:
AL, AR, CA CO, CT, DE, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV and Washington D.C.

States without MFP programs or with inactive programs include:
AK, AZ, FL, NM, UT, WY

Note that MFP programs often have different names in different states. For example, some state specific MFP programs go by the following names.

  • California Community Transitions
  • Colorado Access to Community-Based Transitions & Services (CO-ACTS)
  • Hawaii “Going Home Plus”
  • Kentucky Transition Program
  • My Place Louisiana
  • Oklahoma Living Choice Project
  • Ohio Home Choice

 

Eligibility Requirements

The program requirements are different from state to state however there are some eligibility requirements determined at the national level. To be eligible for a Money Follows the Person program, candidates must:
-Be a current resident in a nursing home and have been there for at least 90 consecutive days
-Be enrolled in a state Medicaid program. Read Medicaid’s eligibility requirements.