National Call In Day for Community Living: #FundMFP - March 7th!

Center for Public Representation, March 07, 2018

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Help people living in nursing facilities and other institutional settings move back into their community!

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The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program has helped more than 75,000 seniors and people with disabilities move out of nursing homes and institutions into the community. MFP 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.

But MFP expired September 30, 2016, and states are running out of funding. States are already having to scale back their programs, and without funding, could have to completely eliminate them. Last year was the first time that the number of people transitioned to the community declined. Without action NOW, states will lose momentum and more people will be stuck in institutions.

Senators Portman (R-OH) and Cantwell (D-WA) have introduced bipartisan legislation, the EMPOWER Care Act, to improve and extend the program for five years.

You can help people in institutions move back into their community by urging Congress to fund  Money Follows the Person and pass the EMPOWER Care Act as part of the March 23rd budget.

Call your Senators and Representative

Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or (202) 224-3091 (TTY) and ask to be connected to your Senators and Representative.

Ask your legislators to extend the Money Follows the Person Program by voting to pass the EMPOWER Care Act as part of the March 23rd Omnibus Spending Bill (see talking points below).

Easily Navigate the Capitol Switchboard

  1. When you call the main Capitol line you will be sent to an automation. It will tell you to press 1 for your senators or 2 for your representative. Select an option.
  2. Then, it will ask you to enter your zipcode. Enter your zipcode using the buttons on your phone. It will read back what you entered, and ask you to press 1 if it is correct and 2 if it is not. If it is not correct, it will ask you to enter your zipcode again.
  3. If:
    1. you’re calling one of your senators,  you’ll be asked to choose between your two senators by pressing 1 or 2. Select an option.
    2. you’re calling your representative, you’ll be asked to press 1 to confirm. 
  4. From there, the call will go directly to your elected official’s office.
  5. Once you have made contact with the office, you can use the following script:

Easy Calling 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.

MFP has enabled over 75,000 seniors 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 expired over a year ago. States are already having to scale back their programs, and without funding, could have to completely eliminate them.

I am asking [Member of Congress’ Name] to pass the EMPOWER Care Act and reauthorize Money Follows the Person through 2022 as part of the March 23rd Omnibus Spending Bill.

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]

[Optional Add On]
Personal stories are the most effective form of advocacy. Talk about why Money Follows the Person is important for you or someone you know and love.  

Additional Talking Points

You can also support the EMPOWER Care Act through our social media day (March 8th) and by emailing Congress.

Hosted by the Disability and Aging Collaborative Together with:

National Council on Aging
National Council on Independent Living
The Arc of the United States
Autism Speaks
National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care
Association of University Centers on Disabilities
American Network of Community Options and Resources
Center for Public Representation
Consortium of Citizens with Disabilities (CCD)
Autism Society
Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN)
National Down Syndrome Congress

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