Capitol Correspondence - 05.19.20

ANCOR Issues Statement on Passage of HEROES Act in House

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For the convenience of our members, we are reprising Friday’s statement on the passage of the HEROES Act in the House:

“Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions (HEROES) Act. ANCOR is thrilled that the HEROES Act includes lifeline provisions for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the Medicaid-funded supports on which they rely in order to be safe during the pandemic.

People with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their service providers have been the pandemic’s forgotten faces, and ANCOR applauds the House of Representatives for heeding our call for support for these essential services.

At the same time, we know that the essential provisions of the HEROES Act have a long road to travel before becoming codified law. As the legislation moves onto the Senate, our community of providers must remain diligent in urging Congress to continue prioritizing these provisions, especially in light of the exclusion of Medicaid programs from disbursements of Public Health & Social Services Emergency Fund resources to date.”

Read on for the full statement, including list of provisions we are asking the Senate to prioritize as it considers this bill. Then, take action using our one-click advocacy tool. ANCOR members wanting more details on key provisions in the legislation are encouraged to read Sarah Meek’s post to the ACC Forum from Wednesday, May 13.