Long-Term Care Programs in North Carolina: Money Follows the Person Aging Research Winter 2015

Money Follows the Person The Money Follows the Person demonstration  program was created by Congress in 2005 to assist states in rebalancing their long-term care spending to give more Medicaid-eligible recipients the option of transitioning from institutional care to home- and community-based care.1 To qualify for the program, participants must have been in an institution for at least 90 days and must express a desire to transition back into their homes and communities.2 Money Follows the Person participants are eligible for up to $3,000 in transitioning supports, funds that can be used to cover the costs of moving back into a community setting, such as “security deposits, utility startup expenses, furniture, accessibility modifications or other one-time items and services that may be required to transition.”3 The Money Follows the Person demonstration program has been shown to reduce Medicaid long-term care expenditures in other states by transitioning more individuals away from expensive institutional care and back into communities.… Full story »