Action Alert! Support Money Follows the Person through the IMPROVE Act!
December 11, 2018
Today, December 11, the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote to renew the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for three months through the IMPROVE Act (H.R. 7217). A vote on a companion bill in the Senate is expected to follow soon after. By renewing MFP for three months, the IMPROVE Act gives the program a needed bridge into the new Congress in 2019 when we can continue our advocacy for a longer renewal. Act now to ask your Members of Congress to vote YES to help people with disabilities live in the community!
Call your Members of Congress and ask them to vote YES on the IMPROVE Act, which renews the MFP program for three months.
MFP helps people with disabilities and older adults who want to move out of nursing homes or other institutions get back into their communities. MFP has assisted more than 88,000 individuals voluntarily move into a setting of their choice – it has improved the lives of older adults and people with disabilities, saved states money, and led to better outcomes. That’s why nearly every state has participated in the program. However, MFP expired September 30, 2016 and states are running out of funding. People with disabilities deserve the right to live in the community, rather than spending their lives segregated into institutions.
URGE CONGRESS TO VOTE YES ON THE IMPROVE ACT TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY LIVING AND FUND MFP!
For more information, visit the Center for Public Representation: https://medicaid.publicrep.org/empower-care-act/.
Call your Members of Congress
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and ask to be connected to your Senators and Representative.
Sample Call Script:
Hello, this is [Name]. I’m a resident of [Town, State].
I am calling to express my concern about the expiration of the Money Follow the Person (MFP) program and to urge you to vote yes on the IMPROVE Act (H.R. 7217).
MFP has enabled over 88,000 older adults and people with disabilities living in institutions to transition back to their communities. MFP is fiscally responsible: it has improved the quality of live for thousands of individuals while saving states money. The program has expired and states are scaling back their programs, and without funding, could have to completely eliminate them.
I am asking [Member of Congress’ Name] to cosponsor and support the IMPROVE Act to reauthorize Money Follows the Person Program for three months.
Thank you for taking my call!
[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address and zip code to ensure your call is tallied]
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