Urge Congress to continue the Money Follows the Person Program by Supporting the EMPOWER Care Act!

This week, the House Energy & Commerce Health Subcommittee will be considering the EMPOWER Care Act, bipartisan legislation to re-authorize the Money Follows the Person program, which helps people with disabilities move from institutions into the community. There will also be a Congressional Briefing on MFP on Wednesday.
 
Money Follows the Person (MFP) is one of the longest running, most successful Medicaid demonstrations. MFP was designed to help states transition people with disabilities from institutions into the community, and to increase access to home and community-based services. Since it began, 47 states have participated and over 75,000 people with disabilities have received assistance to leave institutions and move back home. Unfortunately, MFP expired September 30, 2016, and states are running out of funding.

In New York, MFP funds the Open Doors Transition Center and Peer Outreach & Referral programs. The program has been hugely successful! Since January 2015, Open Doors has assisted over 2,500 people with disabilities and older adults to leave institutions and move back home!

New York has committed to funding the Open Doors program through September 2019 with sustainability funds, however we need to secure additional federal support to ensure the program is maintained beyond 2019!

The EMPOWER Care Act S. 2227 and H.R. 5306 would provide funding so MFP can continue. The House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Health Subcommittee will be holding a Congressional Hearing on the EMPOWER Care Act tomorrow at 10am. There will also be a Congressional briefing this Wednesday at 3pm. Contact your Senator and Congressional Representative in support of the EMPOWER Care Act today!

Current New York Co-Sponsors:
The Representatives with a star next to their name are both a co-sponsor and on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which is holding the hearing tomorrow. They really need to hear from us!

  • Rep. Paul Tonko*
  • Rep. Eliot Engel*
  • Rep. Yvette Clarke*
  • Rep. Kathleen Rice
  • Rep. Grace Meng
  • Rep. Carolyn Maloney

           
Act Now!
Though Congress is holding a hearing in the House, we need to generate support in both the House and the Senate. Call Senators Chuck Schumer and Gillibrand as well as your Representative and ask them to co-sponsor the EMPOWER Care Act today! If your Representative is already a sponsor, thank them for their support and ask them to speak with their colleagues about supporting this important bill!
 
You can reach them by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and ask to be connected to your Senators or Representative.

  • Ask them to Co-Sponsor the EMPOWER Care Act S.2227/H.R.5306 to extend the Money Follows the Person Program and pass it immediately.

Talking Points

  • The Money Follows the Person Program provides vital supports so people with disabilities and older adults can leave institutions and move back home to their communities.
  • The Money Follows the Person program gives people greater control over their lives.
  • It's fiscally responsible! MFP improves the quality of life of individuals while saving states and the federal government Medicaid funding.
  • The program expired two years ago. Without additional funding, states could scale back programs, potentially pulling the rug out from under the people who need it.
  • Talk about why this is important for you or someone you know, and the importance of the Open Doors program in New York. MFP frees people! MFP keeps families together!