Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Tell Congress: Fund the Money Follows the Person Program

UPDATE: November 12, 2018
Great news! The IMPROVE Act (H.R. 7217) - which funds the Money Follows the Person program - passed the U.S. House of Representatives. Calls are still needed for the Senate. If funds to move out of institutional care are priorities for you, you should call the Capitol Switchboard at: (202) 224-3121 (voice) or (202) 224-3091(tty) and ask to be connected to your senators.

An action alert from The Arc's national office:

Congress may vote this week on the future of the Money Follows the Person program. Money Follows the Person has helped more than 88,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move out of nursing homes and institutions.

Please call Congress:
  • Senator Maria Cantwell: 206-220-6400 (Thank her! She co-sponsored an earlier version of the bill)
  • Senator Patty Murray: 206-553-5545
  • House switchboard (they can connect you to your Congressional district representative): (202) 224-3121 
Background: Money Follows the Person significantly improves the lives of older adults and people with disabilities by assisting them to transition out of institutional settings. By favoring community-based services, states save money and see better outcomes. That's why nearly every state has participated in the program.

Money Follows the Person expired September 30, 2016, and states are running out of funding. Seven states are already out of funding and ALL programs will end by the end of 2018.

Talking points: 
  • Please protect our Medicaid. The IMPROVE Act - which funds the Money Follows the Person Program - helps get individuals with disabilities and seniors back home.
  • It is about quality of life: Money Follows the Person Program brings people with disabilities and older adults back home to their communities and gives people greater control over the lives.
  • It is fiscally responsible. Money Follows the Person improves the quality of life for individuals and reduces the Medicaid and Medicare costs of participants by about 23 percent. That saves states and the federal government money.
Unfortunately, states have already stopped transitions to the community and are scaling back their programs, reducing dedicated staff and crucial resources. Without action now, more people will be stuck in institutions.

Act now: Ask your Members of Congress to vote yes on the IMPROVE Act (H.R. 7217), which includes funding for Money Follows the Person for one year.