Money Follows the Person: A 2013 State Survey of Transitions, Services, and Costs

Members | February 20, 2017 | by Peter Notarstefano

The Kaiser Family Foundation published a new survey report showing more than 35,000 people had participated in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program by August 2013. The lack of affordable housing was one of the main barriers for elders to transition from a nursing home back to the community.

The Kaiser Family Foundation published a new survey report, entitled Money Follows the Person: A 2013 State Survey of Transitions, Services, and Costs, showing more than 35,000 people had participated in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program by August 2013. 

The survey report included each of the 45 states involved in the MFP program. 

The survey report showed that 20 states reported that a lack of "safe, affordable, and accessible housing" was the biggest challenge preventing them from enrolling more people with Medicaid into MFP. 

The survey report also found that, in one-third of participating states, the number of direct-care workers was not sufficient to care for people who used MFP to transition back to their homes in their communities.

Enacted in 2006, the MFP demonstration allows elders and people with disabilities with Medicaid-funded long-term services and supports to transition from institutional settings to their preferred home and community-based settings. The MFP program was extended through 2016 by the Affordable Care Act. 

This study along with previous studies completed by Mathematica accent the need for more affordable senior housing, as well as programs to improve the supply of direct care workers.