Advocacy

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Community Integration •  Criminal & Juvenile Justice  • Education  • Employment  • Health Care  • Involuntary Interventions • Legal Capacity

Featured Issue:

Employment. Get the latest on our work advancing opportunities for real work for real wages for people with disabilities, including bills expanding competitive integrated employment and ending subminimum wage for people with disabilities.  More on employment here.

Medicaid:

We know it can be hard to keep up with everything that’s happening so we created a page to give you a few quick facts and updates about the most pressing issues.

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Recent Medicaid Updates:

June 26, 2020

CPR has submitted comments in opposition to Oklahoma’s application to create a Medicaid expansion limited by work requirements, premiums, a per capita cap on federal Medicaid funding, and other harmful provisions, which is the first 1115 waiver application submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for approval using the Healthy Adult Opportunity (HAO) guidance. Approval of this proposal by CMS would set a dangerous precedent that undermines the goals of the Medicaid program.

Comments are due tomorrow, June 27, 2020, and can be submitted through online portals developed by the Arc or NHeLP (for individuals and for advocates) or through CMS’ website here.

You can find more information on CMS’ HAO guidance on our webpage and for more on what it would mean for disabled people, check out our fact sheet.

June 10, 2020

Today the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision affirming the preliminary injunction issued by the Northern District of Illinois.  The 7th Circuit found the new public charge rule violates federal law, including by discriminating against people with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (citing the amicus brief filed by CPR and other disability advocates).  Unfortunately, because the Supreme Court in February issued a stay of the preliminary injunction — meaning that it said the government could implement the rule during the litigation — today’s decision will not have an immediate impact until the Supreme Court reviews the decision on the merits.  

May 15, 2020

Today, the House passed a new relief package, the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act (H.R. 6800). The bill addresses many of the disability community’s most urgent priorities, including additional funding for home and community based services, Medicaid, and housing programs and hazard pay for direct service providers. It has now been sent to the Senate, though when the Senate will take it up remains unclear.

For more on what priorities are and are not included in the HEROES Act, check out our summary here. A section-by-section summary of the bill is also available here. The House Appropriations Committee has also made available a one page summary of bill and a one page summary of state and local fiscal relief provisions.

We will continue to update our COVID-19 pages as we review the bill, so be sure to visit our COVID-19 overview, advocacy, and legislation pages for the latest information.

Visit the Protect Our Medicaid Site