Medicaid Money Follows the Person Background

 
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Medicaid Related Assistance
Medicaid & Long-Term Care
 
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What you need to know

The Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 directs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to rebalance Medicaid long-term care spending between home and community-based services (HCBS) and facility-based long-term care.

Nebraska's Money Follows the Person (MFP) project acts upon this directive by helping Medicaid-enrolled individuals who are residing in nursing homes or Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (ICF/ID) transition to independent living in community-based settings.

Medicaid coverage, through the use of HCBS Medicaid waiver programs such as the Aged and Disabled Waiver and Developmental Disabilities Waiver, will “follow" individuals from facility-based care settings to community-based living arrangements of their choice and will support them with appropriate home and community-based services. MFP is committed to the fulfillment of these objectives:

  • Assist up to 700 persons who are elders, persons with a physical disability, persons with a developmental disability, or persons with a traumatic brain injury to transition from nursing facility or ICF/DD care to community-based settings.
  • Rebalance Nebraska's long-term care continuum by increasing the use of community-based services while decreasing the use of facility-based care.
  • Promote choice and support community-based services and program.

MFP supports self-direction and independence, promoting individual choice regarding community-based living arrangements or facility-care settings. MFP helps to preserve ties with family and friends and benefits the community with diversity and the contributions of exceptional individuals.

MFP supports self-direction and independence, promoting individual choice regarding community-based living arrangements or facility-care settings. MFP helps to preserve ties with family and friends and benefits the community with diversity and the contributions of exceptional individuals.

Transition Plan

How does the transition process work?

  • A MFP transition coordinator will provide answers to your questions about transitioning from facility-based care to home and community-based care.
  • At your request, your family, a friend, or legal guardian can be included in the transition discussion.
  • A detailed transition plan will be made with you identifying the following:
      • The role of your family member(s) and information support person(s)
      • What tasks are expected of you for your transition planning
      • Your strengths and preferences
      • Where you will live (housing)
      • Medical and physical needs
      • Planning with you to ensure your safety
      • What supportive services you may be eligible for and who will provide the services, if determined eligible
  • You will be provided contact information on where to have eligibility determined for supportive services.
      • If determined eligible for the Aged and Disabled waiver services or Developmental Disabilities waiver services, a services coordinator will maintain monthly contact to verify that your needs and supports are being met in your new residence.

Eligibility

Am I eligible to transition?

MFP is available to individuals who meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • You must currently be residing in a nursing home or ICF/DD for a minimum of 90 days (a consecutive stay in a hospital and a facility may also meet this requirement).
  • You must currently be receiving Medicaid benefits for facility care.
  • You must meet the eligibility requirements for the Aged and Disabled Waiver or one of the Developmental Disabilities Waivers.
  • You must move into a qualified residence.
  • A home owned or leased by you or your family.
  • Apartment (with a lease, kitchen, bath, and sleeping areas and lockable entrance).
  • Assisted living facility (with a lease, ¾ bathroom and access to a cooking area).
  • Community-based residential setting in which no more than four unrelated individuals reside (this could include smaller group homes).

To apply for MFP, you may contact the MFP staff using the information below. In addition, you may contact your facility social worker or discharge planner who can assist you with a referral to MFP. Upon receipt of your referral or inquiries, a MFP transition coordinator will contact you to discuss the possibility of transitioning to community-based services.

Nebraska Money Follows the Person
Phone Number
(402) 471-2308
Toll Free Number
(800) 358-8802 
Mailing Address
301 Centennial Mall South, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509