Lawmakers Push to Keep Seniors at Home with Newly Introduced Bills

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A bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers has introduced two new pieces of legislation aimed at making it easier — and more financially secure — for seniors and individuals with disabilities to receive care at home.

The move is yet another recent example of the high-priority position home-based care has developed on Capitol Hill as America’s baby boomers age and health care costs skyrocket.

On Monday, Reps. Debbie Dingell (D-Mich.), Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.) simultaneously introduced the Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources (EMPOWER) and Care Act, along with the Protecting Married Seniors from Impoverishment Act.

Among its provisions, the EMPOWER Care Act reauthorizes the federal Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration program for five years. More than 88,000 individuals have used the MFP program to receive care in their own homes since its creation more than a decade ago. Specifically, the program allows certain Medicaid users, including older adults, to more seamlessly transition from a nursing home or institutional care back into the home — but only if they desire to do so.

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