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.
Help people living in nursing facilities and other institutional settings move back into their community!
Urge Congress to continue the Money Follows the Person Program
MFP improves the lives of older adults and people with disabilities, and does so in a more cost-effective way than institutional settings. By favoring community-based services, states save money and see better outcomes for their residents. 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.
Sens. 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.
Urge your Senators to co-sponsor the bill! The talking points and suggested actions below can be used as a guide to winning on this issue.
- The Money Follows the Person Program brings people with disabilities and older adults back home to their communities
- The Money Follows the Person program gives people 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 pulling the rug out from under the 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!
Action 1: National Call-In Day Thursday February 1, 2018
- Call your Senators
- Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and ask to be connected to your Senators.
- Ask your Senator to Co-Sponsor EMPOWER Care Act S.2227 to extend the Money Follows the Person Program and pass it immediately (see talking points above)
Action 2: National Social Media Day Friday February 2, 2018
- Tweet and Post on Facebook
- Tag Senators Twitter handles. Find handles here: https://twitter.com/cspan/lists/senators/members
- It is particularly important to target Senate Finance Committee members. Here is a list: https://www.finance.senate.gov/about/membership
- Use hashtag #FundMFP in your posts. Download sample social media content here, and download graphics here.
- RSVP to this Facebook event, which will house information on the many ways to communicate with Senators about this issue.
Action 3: Email Your Senators before February 8
- Email your Senators. Use the talking points above, craft an original email telling Congress to consider MFP during negotiations on the budget and other extensions of health-related programs in the coming weeks. An extension of Money Follows the Person Programs must be included.
- You can also use a pre-crafted email via the following link. By entering your zip code, the site will automatically address the message to your Senators. You’re invited to personalize the message if you wish.