Money Follows the Person (MFP)

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) initiative designed to support state efforts to rebalance Medicaid long-term care programs by providing more community services and fewer institutional services.

MFP targets Medicaid eligible individuals who have been residing in qualified institutions such as a state operated developmental center for at least 90 days and includes an enhanced federal matching rate (FMAP) for a 12-month period following transition to the community. The Money Follows the Person initiative reimburses the state 75 percent of the eligible costs for the first year. The Individual Budgets are based on a persons needs and are only changed when the persons needs change. The Individual Budget is not affected by the expiration of MFP.

MFP is administered by the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and participating state agencies.