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Urge Congress to Continue the Money Follows the Person Program!

The future of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program is at risk.  Tell Congress to continue the MFP program by entering your zip code below. 

Enacted in 2005, the MFP program is one of the longest running, most successful Medicaid demonstrations.  MFP has assisted more than 75,000 long-term care consumers with moving into a setting of their choice, and has helped 44 states improve access to home and community-based services.  In addition, the MFP program provides an important quality framework and data collection and reporting requirements to build a solid state HCBS infrastructure.

MFP improves the lives of long-term care consumers and does so in a more cost-effective way than other settings.  MFP is a program where everyone wins: individuals regain their independence, and state and federal governments save money because it costs less to provide services and supports in the community rather than in an institution.  That's why nearly every state has participated in the program!

Independent evaluations have proven MFP improves the quality of life for individuals, and reduced Medicaid and Medicare expenditures by approximately 23%. Unfortunately, MFP expired September 30, 2016, and states are running out of funding.

As a result, states are scaling back their programs, reducing dedicated staff and crucial resources. Last year was the first time that the number of people transitioned to the community declined. Without action NOW, the program will lose progress.

Senators Portman (R-OH) and Cantwell (D-WA) have introduced bipartisan legislation (EMPOWER Care Act - S. 2227) to improve and extend the program for five years.

Enter your zip code below to send a pre-crafted email to your Senators.  You're invited to personalize your message if you wish.  You can use the following talking points to personalize your message:

-The Money Follows the Person Program brings long-term care consumers back home to their communities.

-The Money Follows the Person program gives consumers greater control over the lives.

-It’s fiscally responsible! MFP improves the quality of life of individuals while saving states and the federal government Medicaid funding.

-The program expired over a year ago. Without additional funding, states could scale back programs, potentially withdrawing long-term care services from people who need it.

-Talk about why this is important for you or someone you know, and your state. MFP frees people! MFP keeps families together! MFP reduces waiting lists! 


 

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