Capitol Correspondence - 06.24.19

Don’t Stop Us Now: MFP Passes House, UBIT Repeal Passes Committee

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Last week ANCOR celebrated the passage of H.R. 3253 out of the U.S. House of Representatives, a bipartisan bill that renewed the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for 4.5 years. Thank you to the 319 advocates who sent over a thousand messages to their members of Congress in the two days leading up to the vote! The bill now goes to Senate, where Senate allies will attempt to pass the bill in an expedited vote process called unanimous consent. However, the Senate presents a more complicated landscape for MFP due to some Senators’ objections to increasing Medicaid funding generally. An attempt to block the unanimous consent legislation is likely from Senators Mike Lee (R-UT) and Rand Paul (R-KY). Please ask your Senators to support MFP – if you are from Utah and Kentucky your input is particularly significant.

In additional good news we do not want to overlook that on Thursday the House Ways and Means Committee also passed a tax extenders passage that includes repeal of the recent changes to the unrelated business income tax (UBIT). The package now goes to the full House floor for a vote. Before marking up the package, the Committee originally scheduled a June 19 hearing in which ANCOR member Andrea Barton Reeves of Harc, Inc. would have testified. While the Committee cancelled the hearing because of a busy vote schedule, it posted Ms. Barton Reeves testimony online, including a statement by ANCOR state association member the CT Non-Profit Alliance. ANCOR has advocated to Congress and the Administration against the new tax on parking and fringe benefits included in UBIT changes. As members of the UBIT Coalition, ANCOR encourages members to use this tool to email your members of Congress to ask for full repeal of these changes.