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:

January 15, 2021

Last night, the incoming Biden-Harris administration released the first part of its proposed COVID-19 relief plan. It includes many important priorities, including full federal Medicaid funding for administration of vaccines and additional housing and nutrition funding.

It does not at this stage appear to include additional dedicated funding for home and community-based services (HCBS). HCBS funding is urgently needed to help disabled people and older adults live safely in their homes rather than being forced into nursing homes and other congregate settings where COVID-19 is rampant.

You can find the latest on COVID-19 legislation and proposed legislation here and more on advocacy efforts can be found here.

December 22, 2020

Late last night, Congress passed the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which includes both general government funding and coronavirus relief provisions.

The COVID-19 relief provisions do not include our most pressing priorities, like dedicated funding for home and community-based services (HCBS). The bill does, however, extend funding for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program for three years, along with spousal impoverishment protections.

For more on the bill, check out our fact sheet. You can find additional section-by-section summaries of the bill and one page summaries here.

A comparison of the Consolidated Appropriations Act and other recent coronavirus relief proposals can be found here.

December 21, 2020

Congress is working to pass a bill to fund the government, which includes funding for the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program, before funding expires at midnight. The text of a bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal is expected to be released today as well that will likely move alongside the larger government funding bill.

The COVID-19 relief proposal includes some of our priorities, but unfortunately does not include some of our most pressing priorities, including dedicated funding for home and community-based services (HCBS). HCBS funding is urgently needed to help disabled people and older adults remain safely in their homes rather than being forced into nursing homes and other congregate settings where COVID-19 is rampant.

Senate Democrats have released a summary of the proposal, available here and more information on our continued advocacy can be found here.

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