Capitol Correspondence - 06.08.20

ANCOR Joins Group Letter Stressing Need for Congress to Prioritize People with Disabilities in Future COVID-19 Response

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ANCOR joined a letter from a group of disability provider associations to ensure that congressional leaders preserve key disability provisions in the HEROES Act, passed by the House on May 15, during negotiations between the House and Senate. Provisions highlighted in the letter include: dedicated COVID-19 funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS), an increase in the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP), and covering the self-insured obligations of 501(c)3 organizations.

As written in the letter:

“As the Senate begins to negotiate the next stimulus package, we want to highlight some specific provisions in the HEROES Act that MUST remain in any legislation that passes the Senate. The HEROES Act that passed the House of Representatives on May 15, 2020 had several components that the disability provider community has been advocating for since before the first COVID-19 legislation was passed. The dedicated funding for Medicaid Home and Community-based (HCBS) services is of utmost importance for Medicaid service providers. Those funds are necessary to support the workforce that supports people with disabilities, the providers that employ that workforce, and the people with disabilities who rely on those services to live safely in their homes and communities.”