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Capitol Correspondence - 03.14.23

Senator Casey and Representative Dingell Introduce HCBS Access Act

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Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) introduced the HCBS Access Act, which would expand access to home and community-based services (HCBS) for individuals with disabilities. The Act would also increase funding for Medicaid and provide additional resources for the direct care workforce.

The HCBS Access Act aims to address the growing demand for HCBS services, which allow individuals to receive care in their homes and communities instead of in institutional settings. According to Senator Casey, “This legislation is about supporting people with disabilities and seniors to live independently and with dignity. We need to invest in the direct care workforce, and in Medicaid, which is a lifeline for so many.”

The Act would provide $400 billion in additional Medicaid funding over 10 years to support HCBS services. It would also establish a grant program to help states develop and implement HCBS programs and services. In addition, the Act would provide funding for training and support for the direct care workforce, including caregivers and personal care attendants.

Representative Dingell emphasized the importance of providing individuals with disabilities and seniors with the option to receive care in their homes and communities. “It’s time to recognize that people want to stay in their homes as they age or recover from an injury or illness. That’s why we must invest in the care economy and give people the support they need to live independently.”