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.

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

Recent Medicaid Updates:

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.

May 12, 2020

Today, the House introduced 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.

A section-by-section summary of the bill is 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.

April 23, 2020

Congress has passed legislation to provide additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, coronavirus testing, and other priorities from the CARES Act. A section-by-section summary is available here.

This is interim legislation, not the full relief package that we have been, and will continue to be, fighting for. That next relief package is currently being negotiated and we need your help to make sure disability priorities are included. We need to tell Congress now why the needs of the disability community matter, so please email your members of Congress, participate in the #WeAreEssential campaign, and share your HCBS stories! You can find information on contacting your members of Congress, sample tweets, and an email script on our advocacy page.

Visit the Protect Our Medicaid Site