Please Tell Congress: Fund the “Money Follows the Person” Program through the IMPROVE Act
Congress is expected to vote this week on the future of the “Money Follows the Person” (MFP) program.
MFP has helped more than 88,000 seniors and individuals with disabilities move into a setting of their choice, and has helped 44 states improve access to community-based long term care, also known as “home and community-based services” (HCBS). This is because MFP provides federal funding to states for transitional services for individuals who wish to leave a nursing home or other institution.
Background: MFP 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!
MFP 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.
Congress must ACT NOW!
Independent evaluations have proven MFP improves the quality of life for individuals has and reduced Medicaid and Medicare expenditures by approximately 23%. 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.