Talking Points

Update: December 6, 2019

Exciting news about Money Follows the Person (MFP): Today Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to permanently reauthorize MFP! This is the first time there has been a bill to permanently fund this important program that provides states funding to help people with disabilities move from institutions back to their communities.  YOUR advocacy for MFP over the last two years has brought us to this point. The bill still must pass the full Senate and House, and we’ll keep you updated as we continue our advocacy to fund MFP. Read more details and keep updated on MFP here.

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  1. 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid for critical services that help them live and participate in their community.
    • Many people with disabilities are unaware that the services they receive are part of Medicaid. Services funded through Medicaid may be called something else in your state. If you’re a person with a disability and you receive any community-based support, its very likely through Medicaid.
    • Eg: nursing and personal care services, specialized therapies, intensive mental health services, special education services, employment supports, and other needed services that are unavailable through private insurance.
  2. Cuts to Medicaid would force states to reduce services, cut optional services, restrict eligibility, and increase waiting lists.
  3. The home and community based services (HCBS) on which people with disabilities rely to live and participate in their communities are especially at risk because they are optional and could be completely eliminated.
  4. People with disabilities will be disproportionally harmed by Medicaid cuts. Services and supports for people with disabilities makes up a significant part of state Medicaid budgets due to their long term care needs.
  5. Tell your member of Congress to oppose any cuts to Medicaid, Medicare or other programs.