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Strategic Government Relations Services - Shaping Policy and Sharing Solutions 

ANCOR is the trusted representative of private providers before Congress, the White House, and federal regulatory agencies, and has been for over 44 years.  ANCOR’s government relations mission is to ensure that public policy makers benefit from the practical, hands-on experience of our members to ensure that policy and financing developments result in the best outcomes for people with disabilities. 

ANCOR members benefit from:

  • Strategic advocacy initiatives such as ANCOR’s award winning National Advocacy Campaign and Save Our Services (SOS) Campaign: Funding the Future of Disability Services

  • Experienced government and public relations professionals and ANCOR member leadership with state and federal expertise

  • Opportunities to engage with key elected and executive branch policy makers

  • Multiple opportunities for members to participate on all levels, including

    • Advancing solutions and innovative practices

    • Providing input on proposed federal legislation and regulations

    • Advocacy skills building

  • ANCOR’s Participation in Partnerships and Coalitions, including the Disability and Aging Collaborative, the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, the Habilitation Coalition and the Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination.

ANCOR Government Relations Priorities 2016

REFORM SERVICE SYSTEM Advance rational, sustainable service system reform by

  • Expanding integrated service delivery options and building business acumen of providers to effectively provide services in all systems
  • Examining and reporting on the challenges and opportunities presented by managed care and other various care systems
  • Demanding increased administrative and Congressional transparency and oversight for service delivery changes to ensure quality access to services for people with disabilities
  • Ensuring that all service reform addresses and advances workforce and increases capacity for quality services


  • Supporting additional and expanded federal funding for new transitional requirements to appropriate support settings for deinstitutionalization and compliance with federal rules and policies
  • Leading the modernization of the provider tax law to include home and community-based programs as permissible class of health care related tax eligible to receive federal financial participation and ensuring that restructured state Medicaid plans preserve current leveraged funding from provider taxes
  • Supporting policy that develops and supports daily life functions of people with disabilities with a focus on competitive, integrated employment opportunities that support implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act

ADVANCE TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS: Advance innovative technologies that

  • Optimize operations of disability service providers  and addresses workforce crisis
  • Provide equal opportunities and access to daily life activities for people with disabilities

PROTECT AND PROMOTE QUALITY OF SERVICE: Protect and promote quality services by

  • Vigorously advocating for funding and policies that increase the capacity of community providers and quality services
  • Advancing federal policy to ensure service providers can recruit and retain a stable, professional direct support professional workforce and compensate them with sustainable wages
  • Educating and holding responsible federal agencies for oversight and consistency across all agencies on federal rules and policies  that impact disability service providers
  • Advocating to reform the Medicaid audit and appeals process to expedite the current appeals backlog and alleviate the potentially devastating financial impact to honest and scrupulous providers.
  • Spotlighting how payer utilization of service assessment tools for resource allocation is impacting services; share positive strategies to improve existing practices.

INCREASE HOUSING OPTIONS: Protect and increase policies to ensure an array of safe, affordable, stable, and accessible housing options for people with disabilities by

  • Fostering relationships with the Department of Housing and Urban Development and educating  the agency on barriers to housing for people with disabilities and facilitating joint meetings between HUD and CMS and HUD and Directors of Developmental Disability Services
  • Promoting innovative state housing practices Enacting funding for people with disabilities to retain low income housing
  • Advocating to lessen the financial burden on providers related to decreased utilization of disability specific housing supported with federal funding