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Helping Minnesotans stay in their homes

When people receive care in their homes instead of institutions, their quality of life goes up and costs go down.  Health reform provides more options for long-term care services and emphasizes that services are provided in home and community based settings.  Health reform also helps Minnesotans on Medical Assistance (our state’s Medicaid program) to transition from nursing home and institutions to communities.  This transition back to their homes helps low-income Minnesotans stay independent longer, and it saves money.  For Minnesotans who are vulnerable and have complex needs, health reform helps provide them with the individualized care they need to stay at home.

Overall, for Minnesotans who are vulnerable and have complex needs, health reform helps provide them with the individualized care they need to stay at home.  Minnesota will continue to improve these options, with the goal of making these services available to Minnesotans in need, without having to be on a waiting list, or go through a burdensome application process.

How is health reform helping Minnesotans stay in their homes and communities?

In 2011, Minnesota was one of 13 states chosen to participate in the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program under health reform.  MFP helps Minnesotans transition from institutions and nursing homes into community settings by:

• Supporting Minnesotans as they return to their homes after hospital or nursing facility stays.
• Better serving individuals with complex needs in the community.
• Helping individuals in their homes by strengthening connections between healthcare, community supports, employment and housing systems.
• Increasing the use of home and community-based services overall