While Idaho lawmakers grapple with the dramatic funding shortfalls to Medicaid, more than $6 million in federal funds has been earmarked for Idaho's Medicaid program from the Affordable Care Act, the health care reform law that most legislators said they oppose.
The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services announced today that the Affordable Care Act will make more than $45 million dollars available in the next year to Idaho and a dozen other states that will participate in the Money Follows the Person program. MFP allows individuals living in nursing homes or other institutions new opportunities to live in a community setting with the services and support they require. In particular, the program will benefit developmentally or physically disabled individuals, the elderly and those diagnosed with mental illness. To date, the program has helped 12,000 individuals move out of institutions and back into their communities. HHS said today's grants are expected to help an additional 13,000 people.
Idaho has been granted nearly $700,000 for the current fiscal year and nearly $6.5 million in funds are committed through 2016.