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September 14, 2021 The Committee on Energy & Commerce Recommends $190 Billion for HCBS—Less Than Half Promised by President Biden, Senate Dems

The U.S. House Committee on Energy & Commerce recently released its recommendations for the budget resolution, and the recommendations include $190 billion for home- and community-based services (HCBS).

September 14, 2021 The Committee on Education & Labor Recommends Grant Programs to Support Competitive Integrated Employment and Direct Care Workforce

The U.S. House Committee on Education & Labor recently released its recommendations on the budget resolution, and its recommendations include grant programs to support competitive integrated employment and the direct care workforce. 

September 14, 2021 President Biden Releases COVID-19 Action Plan Addressing Vaccine Mandates

Last week, President Biden released the administration’s six-part COVID-19 Action Plan, including provisions requiring vaccinations in health care settings and vaccinations or testing for all employers with 100+ employees.

September 14, 2021 HHS Announces New Provider Relief Funding

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced $25.5 billion in new funding for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 14, 2021 GAO Urges Better Tracking of COVID-19’s Impact on HCBS

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently issued a report studying the temporary changes approved by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow for safer provision of HCBS during the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 7, 2021 Congress Works to Avoid Government Shut Down

In order to avoid a government shutdown, Congress must pass, and the President sign, a government funding bill prior to the fiscal year deadline on September 30.

September 7, 2021 CDC Issues COVID-19 Materials for People with IDD

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued new COVID-19 communication materials to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

September 7, 2021 Administration for Community Living Awards $85.4M to Support APS Programs

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) awarded more than $85.4M in American Rescue Plan funding to state and territorial Adult Protective Services (APS) programs.

September 7, 2021 American Bar Association Issues Resolution on HCBS

The American Bar Association (ABA) recently adopted and issued a new resolution urging “the federal government to eliminate the Medicaid bias favoring institutional settings by amending policies in order to mandate that states and territories implement home and community-based services under their Medicaid State Plans.”