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In July 2009, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Implications of State Program Features for Attaining MFP Transition Goals, a report evaluating its Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.
The report describes states’ experiences with transition programs before the Money Follows the Person demonstration started. It also addresses how differences in program features can affect the pace and degree of implementation and, ultimately, the likelihood of meeting transition goals.
The Money Follows the Person demonstration, authorized by Congress as part of the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act (DRA), is designed to shift Medicaid’s long-term care spending from institutional care to HCBS.
Congress authorized up to $1.75 billion in federal funds to support a twofold effort by state Medicaid programs: