Shapiro Announces Federal Funding of $42 Million for Medicaid Beneficiaries. Governor Josh Shapiro announced on Friday that Pennsylvania is set to receive a substantial boost of $42 million from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). This funding allocation is part of the CMS’ Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, a crucial initiative that aims to empower Medicaid beneficiaries living in institutions.
Shapiro Announces Federal Funding of $42 Million for Medicaid Beneficiaries
Promoting Community-Based Services for Medicaid Beneficiaries
The primary objective of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program is to allow elderly and disabled individuals in Pennsylvania to transition from institutional care settings and reintegrate into their communities. By redirecting the funds towards community-based services, the program seeks to provide the necessary support and services to individuals where they can thrive within their familiar surroundings.
Enhancing Capacity and Outreach Efforts
Governor Shapiro’s office further clarified that the MFP program not only facilitates the transition process but also supports “capacity-building initiatives aimed at diverting people from institutional settings.” In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the program has devised education and outreach initiatives tailored to the unique needs of individuals seeking alternative options to institutional care.
The funding from CMS is expected to bolster Pennsylvania’s efforts in creating a more inclusive and person-centered approach to healthcare for its Medicaid beneficiaries. By embracing community-based services, the state aims to enhance the quality of life and independence of its elderly and disabled population.