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 - 04.26.21

President Biden Expected to Preview American Families Plan Proposal with Child Care and Family Leave Provisions in SOTU Address

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ANCOR members have shared that challengese with child care and tending to sick family members during the pandemic hav exacerbated a long-running recruitment and retention crisis in the direct support workforce. As reported by ASAE, President Biden is expected to preview a proposal which might address some of these challenges in his State of the Union address to Congress on April 28.

“President Biden will detail a large spending package centered on childcare, paid family leave and other domestic priorities ahead of his scheduled address to a joint session of Congress on April 28.

The American Families Plan is expected to call for roughly $1 trillion in new spending and $500 billion in new tax credits as the second part of the administration’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda. The first part, Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure and jobs package, was outlined by the president last month and is taking shape in Congress.

The details of the American Families Plan are still being fine-tuned but the package is expected to be largely paid for with new tax increases on wealthy Americans. Biden has said he would not raise taxes on households earning less than $400,000 per year, a pledge he made during the presidential campaign.

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The package will reportedly include an extension of the expanded child tax credit through 2025. The expanded child tax credit, which offers families $3,600 per young child and $3,000 per older child, was first approved in the $1.9 trillion COVID relief law enacted earlier this year and is set to expire at the end of this year.”