Call Congress This Wednseday!

Urge Lawmakers to Co-Sponsor Money Follows the Person Bills

This Wednesday, March 6, national aging and disability organizations are hosting a National Call-In Day to support the EMPOWER Care Act (S. 548, H.R. 1342)! Introduced in the Senate by Senators Rob Portman (R-OH) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and in the U.S. House of Representatives by Representatives Debbie Dingell (D-MI) and Brett Guthrie (R-KY), the legislation would fund the Money Follows the Person Program (MFP) for five years.

Congress passed $112 million in stop-gap funding for the program in January 2019 (H.R. 259), but that funding won’t last long in many states. That’s why we have to already push for a longer-term extension in the form of the Empower Care Act.

The Money Follows the Person program is crucial in helping individuals with disabilities and older adults who want to transition out of nursing homes get back into their communities. MFP has assisted more than 88,000 individuals move into their desired setting and helped 44 states improve access to community-based long-term services and supports. Many AAAs are the on-the-ground entities providing this assistance.

TAKE ACTION: On Wednesday, March 6, call local and DC offices of your members of Congress to tell them to reauthorize MFP! 

  • Reach out and tell your Congressperson why MFP is so important to older adults and people with disabilities in your community! Make sure to personalize your outreach with local facts about MFP—which may not be called MFP in your state—and success stories you can share.
  • Make sure to clarify how the Act benefits older adults and people with disabilities in your community.
  • Make sure to say THANK YOU if your Member of Congress has signed on as a supporter of MFP!
  • Engage your community! Please encourage your providers, advisory boards and partners, and consumers to take action by engaging your Member of Congress!

Use the sample talking points below to encourage stakeholders to call their Congresspersons:

MFP gives people the right to decide where they live and receive home and community-based services and supports. It provides assistance to help older adults and people with disabilities transition out of institutional settings back to the community, regaining their independence while saving Medicaid dollars. 

Since 2005, MFP has assisted more than 88,000 people with moving back to the community, and has helped 44 states improve access to home and community-based services. MFP is a program that helps everyone win: individuals regain their independence, and state and federal governments save money because it costs less to provide services and supports in the community rather than in an institution.

Congress must extend funding for MFP or states will be unable to continue this vital cost-effective program that promotes independence for older adults and people with disabilities. Please consider supporting the EMPOWER Care Act today!

U.S. Capitol Switchboard: 202.224.3121.

Use #FUNDMFP to advocate for MFP on social media. 

Thank you for your advocacy on this important issue!