Senate Passes Portman Priority to Help Elderly And Disabled Get Care They Need

Measure Now Headed to the President’s Desk for His Signature

April 4, 2019 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) today applauded Senate passage of a six-month extension for the Money Follows the Person Program, which helps transition Medicaid beneficiaries from nursing homes to long-term care in their homes while saving taxpayer money in the process. Portman called for an extension of this program in his bipartisan Ensuring Medicaid Provides Opportunities for Widespread Equity, Resources, and Care Act – or EMPOWER Care Act.  The bill is now ready to be signed into law by the president. 

I’m pleased the Senate acted to help the most vulnerable among us have better access to quality care,” Portman said. “While I will continue working for a longer extension, this means that the Money Follows the Person Program can build upon the more than 10,000 Ohioans that it has helped receive the care that they need in their homes and communities. I urge the president to sign this measure into law as soon as possible.”