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Money Follows the Person Program Funded for Three Months

January 29, 2019

On January 24, the Medicaid Extenders Act which contains provisions to continue funding the Money Follows the Person program (MFP), was signed into law. The Act provides $112 million in funding for MFP for three months.  To be eligible to receive funds, a state must have had an active program as of December 31, 2018.  States will have until September 31, 2019 to spend the money.  While advocates wanted a longer extension, the three month time period keeps the program alive and gives Congress the opportunity to develop more lasting solutions.
 
We hope you will join us in celebrating this victory – despite its short-term nature. Consumer Voice thanks everyone who contacted their members of Congress asking them to extend MFP.  We couldn’t have accomplished this without your advocacy, and the advocacy of aging and disability groups across the country!
 
But our work is not done. Efforts are already underway to determine the best strategies to maintain this important program.  Consumer Voice will keep you updated on what actions to take and when.  In the meantime, we suggest letting your members of Congress know how pleased you are that the Act passed and urging them to find ways during this session to continue its funding.

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