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Late last night, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes both general government funding and coronavirus relief provisions.
The COVID-19 relief provisions do not include dedicated funding for home and community-based services (HCBS) that is urgently needed. Additional stimulus checks are also provided, but adults with disabilities who qualify as dependents are again unfairly excluded.
The bill does, however, extend funding for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for three years, along with spousal impoverishment protections. While this is not the permanent funding we have been advocating for, it is a good start, and we will continue advocating for permanent funding for this critical program.
A comparison of the Consolidated Appropriations Act and other recent coronavirus relief proposals can be found here.
For more information on why funding MFP matters, check out our fact sheet.