On March 6, ANCOR will join other national disability organizations in calling for Congress to pass H.R. 1342, a bill introduced last week by U.S. Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY) to renew the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for five years. Currently, the program is on a 3-month renewal which will end around mid-April. Because most of the 44 states which receive MFP grants have already run out of funding reserves, this means that if the program is not renewed this year states will likely cease or decrease the supports they offer through this program. MFP is an important rebalancing program which helps people with disabilities and/or chronic conditions who have asked to move out of segregated, state-run institutions live instead with the community with their family and peers. Because of its importance in supporting the inclusion of people with disabilities in mainstream society, renewal of the MFP program is a policy priority for ANCOR, and ANCOR has been a leader on these bills in the Congress.
To participate in our March 6 efforts:
Post social media in support of the bill using #FundMFP and tag your members of Congress. We share sample posts below.
Use our call tool and our email tool to contact your members of Congress and ask them to support this legislation. Our tool will give you phone numbers and a script.
Stay tuned for an action alert email early next week from us on this topic!
Sample social media:
[INSERT YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS’ TWITTER HANDLE], please support older adults and people with disabilities! #FundMFP by passing HR 1342 / S548 – these bills improve and extend a program helping people transition to their homes from costlier care facilities.
We’re thrilled to see @senrobportman, @SenatorCantwell, @RepDebDingell and @RepGuthrie introduce S. 548 / H.R. 1342 to improve and extend the Money Follows the Person Program. Tell your members of Congress to #FundMFP to keep its important work going!
The Money Follows the Person Program (MFP) helps people with disabilities and older adults move from institutions and nursing homes back to their homes and communities. There’s a lot of things on Congress’s plate right now, but MFP expired in 2016, and states needs more funding to keep the program going. ACT NOW. Ask your members of Congress to support bipartisan bills in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives which support this important, voluntary program. Here are the links to action tools to email / call Congress: