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Minnesota Money Follows the Person Rebalancing Demonstration Program
On Feb. 22, 2011, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced awards to thirteen states to receive Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program Grants. Congress authorized the MFP program under the 2005 Deficit Reduction Act. Additional funding is available from 2011-16 under the Affordable Care Act. Minnesota is one of the thirteen states awarded grants in 2011 and joins 29 other states and the District of Columbia already operating MFP programs.
Minnesota will leverage an award of up to $187.4 million in federal funds over 5 years to improve community services and support people in their homes rather than institutions. First-year funding for Minnesota is $13.4 million. Participation in this program will help DHS:
What are goals of the demonstration?
Through the demonstration, DHS would be able to achieve the following goals:
1. Simplify and improve the effectiveness of transition services that help people return to their homes after hospital or nursing facility stays.
What is Minnesota’s approach?
DHS already serves the majority of those needing long-term care through home and community-based services. DHS intends to use the demonstration to:
For each year Minnesota participates in the demonstration, DHS will set a specific number of transitions of eligible individuals from an inpatient facility to a qualified residence. Throughout the demonstration, DHS will continue to increase the proportion of State Medicaid expenditures for HCBS relative to those spent on institutional long-term care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services defines eligible individual and qualified residence:
Eligible individual: Person who receives MA for at least one day before enrollment in MFP and has resided in a qualified institution for at least 90 consecutive days.
Qualified institutions: Inpatient facilities as defined in section 6071(b)(3) of the Deficit Reduction Act:
Qualified residence: As defined in section 6071(b)(6) of the Deficit Reduction Act:
The Minnesota demonstration will collaborate across stakeholders and work with the HCBS Partners Panel. DHS is in the process of negotiating terms and conditions of the demonstration with CMS. .
How can I get more information?
Send an e-mail to MFP.Demo@state.mn.us with questions or comments about the Money Follows the Person demonstration. Also see the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Money Follows the Person website.
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