Money Follows the Person: A 2011 Survey of Transitions, Services and Costs

O'Malley Watts, M. (2011, December). Money Follows the Person: A 2011 Survey of Transitions, Services and Costs. Washington, DC: Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured.

Abstract

With the passage of health reform, the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration grant program was extended through 2016 giving states further options to transition Medicaid beneficiaries living in institutions back to the community. Enacted into law in 2006 as part of the Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), the MFP demonstration provides states with enhanced federal matching funds for twelve months for each Medicaid beneficiary transitioned from an institutional setting to a community-based setting.

A total of 43 states and the District of Columbia have received federal grant money under the program to transition Medicaid individuals living n institutions back into their homes or the community. As of August 2011, nearly 17,000 individuals nationally had been transitioned since the program’s inception, up from 8,902 individuals by 2010. These findings and others in the report are derived from a Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured survey of state MFP programs conducted in August 2011. The latest survey is a follow-up to surveys conducted in 2010 and 2008.

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