House Approves Extension of NAELA Priorities Amid Uncertainty Over Government Shutdown

Last night, the House approved a three-month extension of the spousal impoverishment protections for home and community-based services (HCBS) and $112 million for Money Follows the Person (MFP). Originally, these extensions were included in the December 21st continuing resolution. When President Trump came out against that package without $5 billion in funding for a wall along the southern border with Mexico, the agreement failed, leaving these provisions to expire. It remains unclear whether the Senate will take these extensions up separately from government funding, as the Democrats in the Senate have agreed not to move forward on any legislation until the government is re-open. NAELA is working with its coalition partners to ensure that extensions are included in any funding package or extended separately. Read the bill text.