New funding for home care
Twenty-nine states, along with the District of Columbia, already operate programs with the help of MFP grant funding. On Feb. 22, Sebelius announced that 13 additional states would share $45 million in grant funding. Over the next five years, these states will split an estimated $621 million in MFP grants, according to Sebelius.
Additionally, HHS proposed rules that would grant all states access to approximately $3.7 billion in federal funding from the Community First Choice option program, which provides long-term care service and support. This program was started in October and allows states to get a 6% increase in federal matching funds for offering community-based attendant services and supports to Medicaid recipients.
First established as a demonstration program contained in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005, the MFP grants program has so far transitioned 12,000 individuals from institutional long-term care settings to community-based settings, officials said.