Portman Receives ANCOR Congressional Champion Award for His Work to Support People with Disabilities
Portman Continues to Champion Bipartisan Bill to Help People Receive Care at Home, Reduce Health Costs
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) received the American Network of Community Options and Resources’ (ANCOR) Congressional Champion Award for his leadership in supporting policies, like his efforts to extend the Money Follows the Person Demonstration Program, that help people with disabilities. ANCOR is a national, nonprofit trade association representing more than 1,600 private community providers of services to people with disabilities. Combined, they support over one million individuals with disabilities and are viewed as a leading voice on all issues for people with disabilities.
Portman is the author of the bipartisan Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care Act – or EMPOWER Care Act – to help Medicaid beneficiaries receive long-term services and support in their community or home. The bill would renew and expand the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Demonstration Program, which promotes community-based care and services and is a sterling example of an initiative that improves patient outcomes while saving money for state and federal taxpayers. According to analysis from Mathematica and MACPAC, MFP provides states with funding and flexibility to help Medicaid beneficiaries, particularly elderly and disabled individuals, transition from institutional settings to home and community-based long-term care settings in a manner that can save up to $1,800 per enrolled beneficiary. Upon receiving the award, Portman released the following statement:
“I’m proud to receive this ANCOR Congressional Champion Award for my support for the Money Follows the Person program, and my bipartisan EMPOWER Care Act. Money Follows the Person has provided more than 10,000 Ohioans with the opportunity receive the care that they need in their homes and communities, and as funding is set to expire again this December for the program, I will continue to fight to renew MFP and ensure that all Americans can continue to have a choice in where they seek long-term care support.”
NOTE: Senator Portman continues to be a leader in ensuring that all Americans can receive long-term care in their homes and communities. As a champion for programs like the Independence at Home model and the Money Follows the Person program, Senator Portman believes that outcomes and quality can be improved by delivering care in these settings all while reducing costs and ensuring that people can remain integrated in their communities.