Report looks at successes and challenges of Money Follows the Person program

December 27, 2011

As of August 2011, nearly 17,000 people with disabilities across the nation have transitioned into the community and another 5,700 transitions are in progress through the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, according to a report released by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured. Three states made up nearly half (46%) of all MFP transitions, including Ohio's MFP program called Ohio HOME Choice.

The report stated that the average monthly cost of serving a MFP participant in the community was roughly $9,400 per person. In comparison, the national average per person spending on Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS) only, including HCBS 1915(c) waivers, the home health and the personal care services benefit but not other Medicaid-covered services, was $14,665 in 2008. The majority of individuals being served through an MFP program are people with physical disabilities and seniors. Major challenges by states to provide MFP services include housing and workforce capacity.

Enacted into law in 2006, the MFP program provides states with enhanced federal matching funds for twelve months for each Medicaid beneficiary transitioned from an institutional setting to a community-based setting. MFP was extended through health care reform to 2016.

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