The Money Follows the Person (MFP) program is a key issue ANCOR has led because of its important role moving people with disabilities voluntarily into the community. This week, as part of our work with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) and the Disability and Aging Collaborative (DAC), we signed onto a coalition letter urging Congress to pass long-term funding for the program. Currently, MFP is operating on short-term funding until the end of this year, which makes it difficult for states to begin new casework. As written in the letter:
“We know that a long-term extension is important because we already know that several states have stopped transitions under MFP or even dropped out of the program entirely while awaiting the assurance of long-term funding. We also urge a long-term extension of the Spousal Impoverishment Protections for Medicaid home and community-based services so that aging Americans can remain in their communities.
The program has helped over 91,000 people with disabilities and aging individuals move from institutional settings back to their communities. It has also shown cost savings. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) found an average cost savings of $22,080 in the first year per older adult participant, $21,396 for people with physical disabilities, and $48,156 for people with intellectual disabilities.”