19th Anniversary of the Supreme Court's Olmstead Decision

June 21, 2018

On June 22, 2018, we celebrate the 19th anniversary of the Supreme Court's Olmstead decision.

In the 1999 case, Olmstead v. L.C., the Court held that unjustified segregation of persons with disabilities constitutes discrimination in violation of title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The decision effectively recognized the right of people with disabilities to live, work, and participate in their communities and as a result, access to home and community-based services (HCBS) dramatically increased.

Years later, the EMPOWER Care Act (S. 2227/H.R. 5306) and the Money Follows the Person (MFP) Program make Olmstead a reality for people with disabilities!

Enacted in 2005 with strong bipartisan support, Money Follows the Person (MFP) is one of the longest running, most successful Medicaid demonstrations. MFP has improved the lives of older adults and people with disabilities, saved states money, and led to better outcomes. That’s why nearly every state has participated in the program! 

However, MFP expired September 30, 2016, and states are running out of funding. States are already scaling back their programs, reducing staff and resources. Last year was the first time that the number of people transitioned to the community declined. Without action NOW, states will lose progress.

Celebrate the Olmstead decision with us by advocating for the Money Follows the Person Program! Ask your Members of Congress to cosponsor the EMPOWER Care Act!


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