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:

October 11, 2019

Federal courts stop the public charge rule!  The Center for Public Representation celebrates the nationwide preliminary injunctions issued today by federal courts in New York (which can be read here and here) and Washington state, preventing the Administration from implementing its cruel and discriminatory public charge rule and finding the rule could discriminate against people with disabilities.  These decisions are a clear victory for disabled immigrants and their families.  In addition, a federal court in California issued a limited preliminary injunction, preventing the rule from going into effect in the plaintiff states.  While CPR is pleased by the injunction, we disagree with the court’s analysis regarding disability discrimination.  Read our full statement here and for the latest updates on all of the ongoing litigation, please visit us here.

Sept. 10, 2019

The Center for Public Representation, American Civil Liberties Union, and sixteen other national disability advocacy groups filed an amicus brief in support of litigation to stop the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) from implementing its new “public  charge” rule.  Twenty-one states, led by California, Washington, and New York, have filed cases against the Trump Administration to block the new rule.  The advocacy groups – representing tens of thousands of people with disabilities and their families across the country – claim that the new public charge rule will prevent people with disabilities from entering this country or becoming legal residents in violation of federal disability law.  Read our full press release here and keep updated on the new rule and litigation to stop it here.

August 12, 2019

On August 12, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it had finalized the “public charge” rule.  The final public charge rule, like the proposed rule, will be devastating to — and explcitly discriminates against — people with disabilities and other health conditions their families who are seeking to enter the U.S. or applying for a green card.   This fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains the final public charge rule.  We expect lawsuits will be filed challenging the final rule.  The public charge rule will become effective on October 15, 2019, if litigation doesn’t prevent the rule from going into effect.   Learn more about the final rule at the Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition website, and keep checking back here for updates.   

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