Senate Approves Key Bill to Extend Money Follows the Person, Spousal Impoverishment Protection
Posted on Friday, August 2, 2019 1:38 PM
Last week, the Senate unanimously passed the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Act and the protections against spousal impoverishment for recipients of home and community-based services (HCBS). The approval is through the end of calendar year 2019.
The Money Follows the Person program funds state Medicaid programs to allow beneficiaries to remain in their own home instead of an institution by allowing for personal care services, transportation and home modifications. Spousal Impoverishment protections were put in place so that the spouses of Medicaid institutional long-term services and supports (LTSS) recipients were able to maintain certain levels of incomes and assets without counting against the Medicaid status of the institutional LTSS receiving spouse. These protections were not allowable in cases of patients receiving home and community- based services. The Affordable Care Act extended these protections to HCBS scenarios, but they were not made permanent and have needed ongoing extensions to continue.
Source: NAHC Report
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