Capitol Correspondence - 12.10.19

MFP Permanent Renewal Possible with Senate Drug Pricing Proposal

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ANCOR was thrilled to announce on Friday that U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), in their respective capacities as Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee, released a proposed drug pricing bill which includes permanent renewal of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. As ANCOR CEO Barbara Merrill said in our statement: “If this MFP measure passes, it could be one the decade’s most significant legislative victories for community inclusion and the providers who make it possible. ANCOR is deeply grateful for the leadership of Senators Wyden and Grassley on the MFP program and the range of other ways they’ve supported community inclusion for people of all abilities.”

Renewal of the MFP program has been a priority for ANCOR given the program’s important role in helping people with disabilities voluntarily move out of state-run institutions into the community with their families and peers. The introduction of this bill is an important first step. It now has to go through the reconciliation process with House legislation, pass both the House and Senate and obtain President Trump’s signature.

Please stay tuned for our emails in coming days as we will be flagging opportunities for action to advance this critical legislation.