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 - 03.15.22

HRSA Marks One-Year Anniversary of Passage of American Rescue Plan Act

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) commemorated the one-year anniversary of the passage of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) on Friday, March 11. HRSA provided a list of the ways that ARPA funds have been used to fight against COVID-19 in underserved communities. In particular, the agency noted that it has provided $8.5 billion in payments to providers and suppliers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program, and Medicare beneficiaries to assist in maintaining operations, addressing workforce challenges, and providing relief in the wake of lost revenues and increased expenses due to the pandemic.

For more information, see the HRSA fact sheet.