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H.R. 1342 / S. 548 : EMPOWER Care Act / Money Follows the Person Reauthorization
Extends the funding for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for five years. MFP allows people with disabilities and seniors to return to and remain in their own communities without being needlessly forced into institutions. Funding for MFP expired in September 2016, and the Medicaid Extenders Act provided only three months of funding. Without continuation of this funding, people who had already successfully reintegrated from facilities or those who are at risk of entering facilities may lose their independence.
H.R. 1342 and S. 548 encourage community-based services that allow individuals to remain in their communities, which increases quality of life, happiness, independence, and integration in society.
H.R. 1342 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on 2/25/19, and its Senate Version S. 548 has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee on 2/25/19.
H.R. 555 / S. 117: Disability Integration Act
Ensures people with disabilities have a right to live and receive services in their own homes and protects people with disabilities from being forced into costly institutional settings. It would also require that public entities address the need for affordable, accessible, integrated housing.
The Disability Integration Act would clarify that every individual who is eligible for Long Term Services and Supports (LTSS) has a federally protected right to a real choice in how they receive those services and supports.
H.R. 555 has been referred to the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health on 1/31/19 and to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Justice on 2/25/19. It currently has a majority of the House of Representatives signed on as co-sponsors.
Its Senate Version, S. 117, has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions on 1/15/19.
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