Empower Care Act Can Get People With Disabilities & Seniors Back In Their Homes

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Empower Care Act Can Get People With Disabilities & Seniors Back In Their Homes

The Empower Care Act gets individuals with disabilities and seniors out of nursing homes and back in their communities. The Act funds the Money Follows the Person program (MFP) which has assisted more than 75,000 individuals in moving into a setting of their choice, and has helped states improve access to home and community-based services.

Unfortunately, the MFP program expired in 2016. States can use their remaining grant funding through 2020, but have already had to scale back their programs by approximately 40%. Without additional funding, every state will stop transitioning new individuals this year. This will stop individuals transitioning from institutions back into the community care setting of their choice. The EMPOWER Care Act resolves that by reauthorizing the program through 2022.

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First authorized by President George W. Bush in 2005 with strong bipartisan support, Money Follows the Person (MFP) funding gets individuals with disabilities and seniors out of nursing homes and back in their communities. MFP has assisted more than 75,000 individuals move into a setting of their choice, and has helped 44 states improve access to home and community-based services (HCBS).

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2018-06-24T22:43:37+00:00Categories: Advocacy, Advocacy Action, Featured|

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