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Money Follows the Person and Spousal Impoverishment for HCBS

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NAELA Advocacy Update
December 16, 2019

Call Today: Spousal Protections for HCBS and Money Follows the Person Expire End of Year

NAELA’s top congressional priorities, (a) and (b) , expire at the end of the year.

 

Join a national call-in day to support both today!

 

Good news: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden's (D-Ore.) latest version of their bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019 would make these policies permanent! This is a hopeful sign, but time is running out!

 

NAELA urges you to join other aging and disability advocates today and call your members of Congress to ask that they make these policies permanent. You may call the Congressional switchboard to be routed to your representative at (202) 224-3121.

 

Call Your Members of Congress:

  1. Call the Capitol Switchboard at: (202) 224-3121 (voice) or (202) 224-3091 (tty) and ask to be connected to your senators or representative.
  2. Repeat. You can to find your members of Congress.

Call Script:

Hello, this is [NAME], and I work at [FIRM NAME], which represents people with disabilities and older adults. I’m a resident of [TOWN, STATE] and a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

 

I am calling to urge you to support permanent funding of the Money Follows the Person Program and a permanent extension of the requirement that states apply Medicaid's spousal impoverishment protections to home and community-based service waivers (HCBS).

 

Both are contained in Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden’s latest version of their bipartisan Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019 introduced on December 6.

 

When it comes to long-term care, both provisions are critical to keeping families together and ensuring individuals can receive services where they want them the most: at home and in the community.

 

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]

NAELA Foundation

National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys

1577 Spring Hill Road, Suite 310, Vienna, VA 22182

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