Advocacy

Topics:

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.

To stay up to date visit What We’re Watching and sign up for our email list.

Recent Medicaid Updates:

July 29, 2020

Today, a federal district court in New York issued a temporary injunction against the Department of Homeland Security’s discriminatory public charge rule. This decision stops the rule from being implemented, applied, or enforced nationwide while the national public health emergency declared by the Trump Administration is ongoing.

CPR and other disability organizations have filed several amicus briefs in the litigation, detailing the discrimination disabled immigrants may face as a result of the rule. While today’s injunction is cause for celebration, it is temporary, and the fight very much continues. Additional background information on the rule, resources, and media can be found here.

CPR remains committed to fighting to ensure that the needs of all people with disabilities are met during the COVID-19 crisis. Earlier this week, the Senate released a new coronavirus relief package that fails to meet our needs and we need everyone to take action now to get our priorities included in the relief package that ultimately passes the Senate. You can find more information on our advocacy page, including call and email scripts and sample tweets, and can directly email your Senators using our portal here.

July 27, 2020

The Senate has released a new coronavirus relief package, the HEALS Act. Unlike the HEROES Act passed by the House in May, the bill fails to address the disability community’s most urgent priorities.

We need everyone to take action and push your Senators fight to include our priorities in the relief package that ultimately passes the Senate, so please contact them now! You can find more information, including call and email scripts, on our advocacy page. 

Rather than releasing the HEALS Act as a single bill, it has been released as a series of bills. You can find information on each of those bills here. For more on what priorities are and are not included in the HEALS Act, check out our summary here and for a quick comparison of the HEALS Act and the HEROES Act, click here.

July 9, 2020

The Senate is expected to release a new COVID-19 relief bill shortly after Senators return from recess on July 20th and we’re working to make sure dedicated funding for home and community based services (HCBS) is included. We need everyone to take action and push your Senators to convey the importance of HCBS funding to Senate leadership, so please contact them now! You can find more information, including call and email scripts, on our advocacy page.

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