CMS Awards $25 Million to Five New States and Territories to Expand Access to Home and Community-Based Services
This week, CMS awarded approximately $25 million in planning grants to five new states and territories to expand access to home and community-based services (HCBS) through Medicaid’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program. With these awards, 41 states and territories across the country will now participate in MFP.
The new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) in April 2022 made individual awards of up to $5 million available for more than 20 states and territories who were not currently participating in MFP. The funding for Illinois, Kansas, and New Hampshire, as well as for American Samoa and Puerto Rico, will support initial planning and implementation to get the MFP programs off the ground, which would ensure more people with Medicaid can receive high-quality, cost-effective, person-centered services in a setting they choose.
HCAOA supports this program, which has helped thousands of older adults seamlessly transition from a nursing home or institution back into their own homes. In 2020, more than 10 state chapters penned letters to their state Medicaid Directors in support of the program.
For more information on MFP, visit Medicaid.gov.