Money Follows the Person: A 2012 Survey of Transitions, Services and Costs
The Affordable Care Act extended the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration grant program 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 45 states and the District of Columbia have received federal grant money under the program to transition Medicaid individuals living in institutions back into their homes or the community. As of August 2012, 25,000 individuals nationally had been transitioned since the program’s inception, up from 17,000 individuals by 2011. 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 2012. The latest survey is a follow-up to surveys conducted in 2011, 2010 and 2008.