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July 19, 2021 New York, Vermont and Virginia Providers: Do Not Miss Our Targeted Action Alert!

We are reprising last Friday’s action alert because the voices of providers, DSPs and the individuals and families they support in New York, Vermont and Virginia are crucial right now. If you do not live in one of those states, please share with your contacts who do!

July 19, 2021 Senate Democrats Announce Overall Cap for Reconciliation

Senate Democrats reached a breakthrough this week on a $3.5 trillion package that includes massive new spending on a range of health, education and federal safety net programs endorsed by President Biden and progressive lawmakers.

July 19, 2021 ANCOR Submits Comments to CMS on ICF Interim Vaccine Reporting Rule

ANCOR worked with its members to solicit robust comments on topics such as the administrative burden and complexities of learning and utilizing a database currently intended for nursing facilities. The comments also emphasize the state of the workforce crisis.

July 19, 2021 Nominations Open: FCC Communications and Equity Council

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently released a public notice seeking nominations for membership on the Communications Equity and Diversity Council (CEDC) for the new two-year charter through June 29, 2023. 

July 19, 2021 Big Picture Analysis: What Should Be Included in Overtime Calculations

While the Fox Rothschild LLP blog post below focuses on a legal case outside the disability space, it addresses important considerations for employers who pay overtime and gave wage increases specific to COVID-19. We share this content to assist our members with their operations and responsibilities as employers. Because employment law can be case-specific, ANCOR encourages members who are unsure about how to calculate their staff’s overtime to consult with counsel on the issue.

July 19, 2021 ICYMI: New Report on Disability Access Barriers to Technology

The technological disruption of the 21st century has transformed the natural routines and rhythms of American culture and even challenged what it means to be human. Inequitable access to information and communication technologies and technology solutions has created new barriers to community inclusion and left people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in crisis, isolated behind digital walls.

July 19, 2021 Big Picture: Counties Use COVID-19 Funding to Remedy Broadband Disparities

Our members have often shared with us their challenges ensuring stable internet access for telehealth purposes, and to help isolated individuals socialize throughout the pandemic. We anticipate this article from InsideHealthPolicy could inform their advocacy at the local and federal levels.

June 30, 2021 Washington Finally *Sort of* Understands the DSP Workforce Crisis

ANCOR members and other advocates educated a generation of lawmakers and staff on the inner workings of Medicaid-funded disability supports and a true glimpse into the lives of people with I/DD and the DSPs that support them.

June 22, 2021 Senate Begins Lengthy Reconciliation Process

As reported by The Hill: “Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) [convened] a meeting with all 11 Democratic members of the Budget Committee Wednesday to begin the process for passing a budget resolution, paving the way for Democrats to pass a major infrastructure bill on a party-line vote.” 

June 22, 2021 In Response to Direct Support Workforce Crisis, ANCOR Supports Bill Creating Pathway to Permanent Residency for Workers with TPS Status

With our members facing a longstanding workforce shortage stemming from decades of chronic underfunding of Medicaid, ANCOR is advocating for a broad range of solutions, including some centered around immigration. Among many other factors, demand for disability supports simply exceeds the supply of U.S.-born workers.