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.

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Recent Medicaid Updates:

February 14, 2020

Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia unanimously upheld the decision reached by a federal district court last year overturning HHS’ approval of Arkansas’ Medicaid waiver, that, among other things, imposed work requirements. The court found that approval of the waiver violated the Administrative Procedure Act because HHS did not consider how the waiver would further “the principal objective of Medicaid,” providing access to healthcare. For more, visit our page on Medicaid work requirements here.

February 6, 2020

CPR joined Disability Rights California and 6 other disability advocacy organizations in an amicus brief filed today in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in opposition to President Trump’s proclamation issued in October, requiring visa applicants from abroad to buy certain approved health insurance or have the financial means to cover foreseeable medical expenses. Amici argue that the proclamation will not only fail to accomplish its purported purpose, reducing uncompensated care costs, but will do so in a way that illegally discriminates against people with disabilities. More information on the proclamation can be found here.

January 30, 2020

Today, CMS issued a guidance allowing states to use waivers to block grant their Medicaid expansion population (a large portion of which are people with disabilities), reframing block grants as “Healthy Adult Opportunity.” CPR and other disability advocates have fought against prior attempts by Congress to block grant Medicaid and are very concerned by this latest effort by the Administration.  To read our full statement, click here and learn more about block grants here

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