The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022

The longstanding direct support workforce crisis, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has led to closures of critically needed services and a denial of access to community-based supports.
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Capitol Correspondence - 03.02.21

House Passes COVID-19 Bill with Increased HCBS Funding – Ask the Senate to Do the Same

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In an important step towards victory for disability advocates, on Saturday the House voted to 219 to 212 to pass a COVID-19 relief package which includes a temporary, 7.35 percent federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP) increase specifically targeted to the Home and Community Based Services (HBCS) program. As the Senate considers the bill through the reconciliation process, we need you to keep the pressure on the Senate to ensure it keeps this important provision in its final COVID-19 relief package.

Please take 2 minutes today to use our action tool to ask the Senate to make good on its commitment to keeping the #ForgottenFaces safe during the pandemic.

Going the extra mile: Follow @TheRealANCOR on Twitter to amplify our efforts to thank U.S. Representatives who voted yes on the House bill. When you see a thank-you tweet tagging your member of Congress, please re-tweet it with your own message of thanks!

Related reads: See ANCOR CEO Barbara Merrill’s quote in this Washington Post article on the Direct Support Professional workforce crisis, and her joint op-ed with United Cerebral Palsy CEO Armando Contreras in The Hill.