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Are Money Follows the Person Program Participants Better Off? A Pre- Post- Analysis of Quality of Life

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is helping states rebalance their long-term care systems through its Money Follows the Person (MFP) Rebalancing Demonstration Program, which helps transition people with Medicaid from institutions back into the community. Forty-two states and Washington, D.C., have implemented MFP to date, and the Affordable Care Act will expand it to more states through 2016.

In partnership with the Georgia Department of Community Health, the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) has provided evaluation services to Georgia’s MFP program, conducting follow-up interviews with participants, co-leading evaluation work groups and providing quarterly analyses. A recent analysis conducted by GHPC research staff Kristi Fuller, Lillian Haley, Brittney Romanson and Glenn Landers, “Are Money Follows the Person Program Participants Better Off? A Pre- Post- Analysis of Quality of Life,” examines the results of quality of life surveys administered prior to and approximately a year after the clients’ transition from a nursing home or intermediate care facility to a community setting.

“Our analyses indicate that after transitioning to a community setting, participants are exercising more choice and control in their daily lives,” says Fuller, “but they may have less access to the community, friends and family.” These findings suggest policy implications in the areas of housing, social support and access to community, activities and work.

The GHPC recently received funding to continue its evaluation of the MFP program. For more information on the evaluation, please contact Kristi Fuller at 404.413.0292 or kwfuller@gsu.edu