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December 12, 2018

 Money Follows the Person Passed in the House!  Tell Your Senators to Vote Yes NOW in the Final Days of this Congress!  #FundMFP!

Yesterday, thanks to the hard work of advocates like you, the House of Representatives passed the IMPROVE Act, (H.R. 7217), which includes a provision to renew the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program.  We expect a vote in the Senate will follow soon - it could be as soon as today. 

Call your Senators and ask them to vote YES on the IMPROVE Act that passed in the House, which renews the MFP program.  

The bill funds MFP for three months, and extends spousal impoverishment protections to Medicaid HCBS participants. By renewing MFP for three months, the IMPROVE Act gives the program a needed bridge into the new Congress in 2019, when we can advocate for a longer renewal.  Call your Senators NOW and tell them to vote YES to help people with disabilities live in the community!

Learn more about MFP here.

MFP helps people with disabilities and older adults who want to move out of nursing homes or other institutions get back into their communities. MFP has assisted more than 88,000 individuals voluntarily move into a setting of their choice. MFP has improved the lives of older adults and people with disabilities, saved states money, and led to better outcomes. That's why nearly every state has participated in the program!  But MFP expired September 30, 2016, and states are running out of funding. People with disabilities deserve the right to live in the community, rather than spending their lives segregated into institutions.

URGE YOUR SENATOR TO VOTE YES ON THE IMPROVE ACT TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY LIVING AND FUND MFP!

 

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December 7, 2018

Action Alert! Tell Congress to Pass the EMPOWER Care Act Support community living for people with disabilities:

Money Follows the Person (MFP) is a Medicaid program that has helped nearly 400 people in Colorado and over 75,000 people with disabilities and seniors move out of nursing homes or institutions and back into their communities. MFP restores the dignity and liberty of people with disabilities by promoting and supporting community living. 

Funding for the MFP program expired in 2016, and states have already scaled back their MFP plans by approximately 40%. We need your help and advocacy to get the Senate and House of Representatives to pass the bipartisan

EMPOWER Care Act (S.2227 and H.R.5306), which would extend and improve the MFP program. The number of people who transitioned to the community through MFP declined for the first time last year; the EMPOWER Care Act will help reverse that trend.

By passing the EMPOWER Care Act and funding the Money Follows the Person program, Congress can help more people with disabilities transition out of institutions and nursing homes and back into the community. Without action NOW, more people will be trapped in institutions. Help people living in nursing facilities and other institutional settings move back into their communities!

Take Action: 

Use the advocacy tool below to send an email and tweet directly to your Senators and Representative to tell them to support the EMPOWER Care Act and fund the MFP program.

 Call Your Members of Congress: Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 (voice) or (202) 224-3091 (tty) and ask to be connected to your Senators or Representative.

Easy Call Script:

Hello, this is [Name]. I'm a resident of [Town, State].

I am calling to express my concern about the expiration of the Money Follow the Person (MFP) program.

MFP has enabled over 75,000 seniors and people with disabilities living in institutions to transition back to their communities.  MFP is fiscally responsible: it has improved the quality of life for thousands of individuals while saving states money. The program expired over a year ago. States are already having to scale back their programs, and without funding, could have to completely eliminate them.

I am asking [Member of Congress' Name] to cosponsor and support the EMPOWER Care Act and reauthorize Money Follows the Person Program.

Thank you for taking my call!

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address and ZIP code to ensure your call is tallied]

[Optional Add On]- Personal stories are the most effective form of advocacy. Talk about why Money Follows the Person is important for you or someone you know and love.

 

THANK YOU TO OUR FRIENDS AT THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES and THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC REPRESENTATION FOR THE ABOVE INFORMATION! 

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