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Keep the Money Follows the Person Program Alive!

Take action now: the clock is ticking...

Tell your members of Congress to continue the Money Follows the Person program.  Enter your zip code below to send a message to your two US Senators and your Representative.

DEADLINE: 5:00 PM EDT on Friday, September 30

An astounding number of people have taken action on this alert to save the Money Follows the Person Program!  Over 900 individuals have sent nearly 3,000 messages to their representatives in Congress!  Consumer Voice would like to thank all those who have already contacted Congress - your advocacy is invaluable.  For those of you who have not yet had a chance to speak out - it's not too late!

MFP gives people the right to decide where they live and receive home and community services and supports. It provides assistance, support and funding to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, individuals with physical disabilities, and older adults who want to transition out of an institution or facility to their own home or a community residence.

Since 2005, MFP has assisted more than 51,000 people 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.

Now the program is set to expire on September 30. Although states can continue to use unspent funds through 2020, most will start cutting back. This means fewer individuals will be able to transition, and states will make less progress in providing essential HCBS services.

But you can help save MFP! Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) have developed draft bipartisan legislation that would make minor improvements and continue the program.

Tell your members of Congress by September 30, 2016 to support the efforts of Senators Hatch and Wyden to extend the Money Follows the Person program.  Send a message to your representatives in Congress below.

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