LSA-DN Weekly Update

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Friday, December 13, 2019


Take Action! Join the National Call-In Day Monday, December 16, to Support Permanent Funding for Money Follows the Person

On Monday December 16, Lutheran Services in America joins our national partners in sponsoring a nationwide call in day to support permanent funding for the Money Follows the Person Program (see blog below). 

The Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program has assisted more than 91,000 individuals voluntarily move into a setting of their choice, and has helped 44 states improve access to community-based long term services and supports, also known as “home and community-based services” (HCBS). This program must be permanently reauthorized.

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Learn more about the call-in here

Congress Introduces Bipartisan Proposal to Permanently Fund "Money Follows the Person"

*Blog by Dania Douglas, Director of Policy and Advocacy LSA-DN

On Friday, December 6, Senate Finance Chair Chuck Grassley (IA) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (OR) announced a bipartisan agreement that would include a permanent funding reauthorization for the Money Follows the Person Medicaid Demonstration Program (MFP) as part of the Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act of 2019. Lutheran Services in America has long supported the MFP program and thanks our national network’s health and human services organizations for their relentless advocacy to reauthorize this critical program.

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Register Now for the LSA-DN Winter Meeting

Take a break from winter and join your colleagues for an invigorating meeting in sunny Florida from January 29-January 31, 2020. Our winter meeting will focus on data, outcomes, and building and sustaining a direct service workforce in a challenging Medicaid landscape. We look forward to welcoming dynamic speakers including Kezia Scales of PHI and Joe Macbeth of the National Association of Direct Service Providers. Register now. 

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*Note If you are attending CEO Summit, you should register for your hotel room through the CEO Summit link. See article below. 

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Congress Weighs Renewal Of Program That Moves People Out Of Institutions

After years in limbo, advocates say a deal is in the works to permanently renew a popular federal program that moves people with disabilities from institutions to the community.

A bipartisan proposal in the U.S. Senate would reauthorize Money Follows the Person. The Medicaid program gives states funding to pay for employment supports, housing and other services so that people with disabilities can transition from nursing homes and other institutional facilities to homes in the community.

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Former Enfield school board member with autism sues town, board charging discrimination due to her disability

A former member of Enfield’s board of education with autism has sued the town, the school board and its chairman in federal court, alleging she was discriminated against because of her disability.

In the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Hartford, Sarah Selvaggi-Hernandez contends the board did not make reasonable accommodations to her that would have allowed her to serve. In addition to being on the autism spectrum, Selvaggi-Hernandez is hard of hearing and has auditory processing disabilities, according to the lawsuit.

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Research & Reports

Ten Charts on Proposals to Lower Prescription Drug Costs

Congress is considering legislation this week to lower prescription drug costs. Our chartpack summarizes key provisions in three House and Senate bills and their likely impact on prices, people and federal spending.

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Resources, Opinions & Opportunities

Attacks on Greta Thunberg expose the stigma autistic girls face

Greta Thunberg was named Person of the Year by Time magazine this week for her forthright, uncompromising climate activism that has captured the world’s attention.

President Trump wasn’t happy. Calling the choice “ridiculous,” the president griped that the 16-year-old activist should “work on her Anger Management problem, then go to a good old fashioned movie with a friend.”

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Upcoming Events

LSA-DN 2020 Winter Meeting
January 26-29, 2020
Atlantic Beach, Florida

LSA-DN 2020 Summer Meeting
August 5-7, 2020
Cincinnati, Ohio


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