Capitol Correspondence - 03.18.19

ANCOR Joins Coalition Letters Asking Congress to Renew MFP Grants

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As part of our coalition work with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), ANCOR signed onto two letters, to House leadership and Senate leadership respectively, asking them to renew the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program and spousal impoverishment programs. MFP is a grants program that helps people with disabilities voluntarily move out of state-run institutions and into the mainstream community with their friends, family and peers. ANCOR is a lead advocate for the renewal of this program and we encourage our members and other disability advocates to take two minutes to write to your members of Congress on this program, using our email tool or our phone tool.

As written in the letters to Congressional leadership:

“We also urge you to support the bipartisan, bicameral EMPOWER Care Act (S. 548/H.R. 1342) and swiftly reauthorize the Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program, which goes hand-in-hand with the spousal impoverishment protection to ensure older adults and people with disabilities have a meaningful choice to receive Medicaid long-term services and supports in their homes and communities. MFP has helped more than 88,000 older adults and people with disabilities transition out of nursing and other facilities back to living in their communities. MFP has also helped 43 states and the District of Columbia develop the needed infrastructure to enhance people’s access to HCBS, while helping states shift more of their resources to HCBS and reduce expenditures on institutional services. However, states that have run out of funding are transitioning fewer individuals and the progress we have made due to MFP in serving older adults and people with disabilities in their communities is at risk, including key staff layoffs and loss of infrastructure.”