Advocates Push Reauthorization of Money Follows the Person Program

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by Andy Jones
October 20, 2016

The National Disability Rights Network and 28 other disability advocacy groups signed onto a letter, dated October 6, calling on Congress to reauthorize the Money Follows the Person program.

“We believe that many more individuals must be transitioned to the community from institutional settings and current community-based resources must also be strengthened and expanded,” the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the nation’s largest coalition of disability rights advocacy groups, wrote in the letter. “MFP  is a proven program that consistently results in more individuals supported in the community and an overall rebalancing of state systems.”

Created in 2005 and expanded under the Affordable Care Act, the program’s funding expired September 30.

The programs provide states additional funding to help them transition their Medicaid-funded long-term care supports systems away from institutional care, toward community and home-based care.

Forty-three states currently participate in the program. The CCD estimates that the MFP has assisted more than 51,000 people with disabilities with moving into inclusive settings.

“Thorough research by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Mathematica clearly illustrate that MFP saves money, serves more people, and results in increased quality of life,” the CCD worte in the letter. “In fact, MFP has proven to be a lynchpin in many states’ deinstitutionalization strategy.”

The CCD sent one letter to Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), the chair and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee. Another copy went to Fred Upton (R-MI) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ), the chair and ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

You can read more information about the Money Follows the Person program here. 

Disability Rights Washington is the designated protection and advocacy agency in Washington and a member of the National Disability Rights Network