Money Follows the Person (MFP) Programs: Assistance Transitioning from Nursing Homes back to the Community
Misperceptions about Long Term Care Programs
What is the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program?
This 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.
What States have Money Follows the Person Programs?
As of 2012, 44 states had active MFP programs or were in the process of developing programs. These states include:
AR, CA CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WA, WI, WV and Washington DC.
States without MFP programs or with inactive programs include:
AL, AK, AZ, MT, SD, 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)
Florida Nursing Home Transition
Hawaii “Going Home Plus”
Kentucky Transition Program
My Place Louisiana
Oklahoma Living Choice Project
Ohio Home Choice
What are the Money Follows the Person 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.
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