Time is Running Out for the Money Follows the Person Program

Help people living in nursing facilities and other institutional settings move back into the community!

From the National Council on Aging (NCOA) & TILRC, March 19, 2018

Lydia Pepion

Lydia Pepion says, "The nursing home was like prison!" She's
happily living in her own apartment now and urges you to
help other people enjoy the freedom of having their own homes!

The future of a program that has helped more than 75,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move out of nursing homes and institutions is in jeopardy.

Enacted in 2005 with strong bipartisan support, Money Follows the Person (MFP) is one of the longest running, most successful Medicaid demonstrations. 

It improves the lives of older adults and people with disabilities while assisting states with moving away from funding nursing homes in favor of more cost-effective home and community-based services. 

Nearly every state has participated in the program. Independent evaluations have proven it has improved the quality of lives of individuals while reduced Medicaid and Medicare expenditures by approximately 23%.   

Unfortunately, MFP expired September 30, 2016, and states are running out of funding. States are scaling back their programs, reducing dedicated staff and resources. Last year was the first time that the number of new transitioned to the community declined. Without action now to extent the program we will lose progress.

Sens. Portman (R-OH) and Cantwell (D-WA), and Reps. Guthrie (R-KY) and Dingell (D-MI), have introduced bipartisan legislation, The EMPOWER Care Act (S. 2227 / H.R, 5306), to improve and extend the program for five years.

The NCOA has made it easy for you to urge your members of Congress to cosponsor The Empower Care Act and pass this legislation by including it in the March 23 omnibus spending bill.

They've drafted an email you can send to your Congressional delegation. You can also edit the email to include the needs of your state and make it more effective.

The Senate Bill, S. 2227, is currently sitting in the United States Senate Finance Committee. As a member of the Finance Committee Kansas Senator Pat Roberts is a key player is getting S. 2227 passed!

If you wish to call or visit Senator Robert here is information for his offices in Kansas and Washington, DC:

Send an email to your Congressional delegation.

http://cqrcengage.com/ncoa/app/onestep-write-a-letter?5&engagementId=429414

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