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:

June 19, 2019

Thanks to your advocacy, last night the House passed H.R. 3253, the Empowering Beneficiaries, Ensuring Access and Strengthening Accountability Act.  This bill funds the Money Follows the Person program through Fiscal Year 2023.  It also extends the HCBS spousal impoverishment protections through March 31, 2024.  We now need the Senate to act to #FundMFP!  Join our national call-in day and ask your Senators to #FundMFP.  We have a Facebook event with talking points to make it easy for you to call and spread the word.     

May 2, 2019

On May 1, 2019, the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a brief on behalf of the Trump Administration in the lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  DOJ for the first time argued that the entire ACA should be struck down, including the protections for people with pre-existing conditions, rather than just the “individual mandate” to have insurance.  Last month, a number of disability organizations, including CPR, filed a brief describing the importance of the ACA to people with disabilities. This case will likely be decided late this summer, and then head to the Supreme Court in the fall.  The ACA remains in effect during the lawsuit. To learn more about the case and other attacks on the ACA, please click here.

April 22, 2019

Thanks to your hard work,  H.R. 1839, the Medicaid Services Investment and Accountability Act is now law.  This bill adds additional short-term funding to the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program to and extends the expiring spousal impoverishment protections for people receiving Home and Community Based Services through September 2019.  We will continue advocating for long-term funding for the MFP program through the EMPOWER Care Act.  Learn more about EMPOWER Care Act and how you can help here

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