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December 3, 2021 Congress Passes Continuing Resolution to Avoid Government Shutdown

On Thursday, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) to continue funding the government through February 18, 2022.

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November 30, 2021 Federal Courts Block CMS Vaccine Rule

On Monday, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri issued a preliminary injunction against the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to block implementation and enforcement of the CMS interim final rule that requires certain Medicare- and Medicaid-certified providers to implement mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for health care workers. The following day, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued a nationwide preliminary injunction against the rule.

 

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November 30, 2021 CDC Expands COVID-19 Booster Recommendations in Response to Omicron Variant

On Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky issued a statement expanding the CDC’s recommendation for COVID-19 boosters. 

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November 30, 2021 ANCOR Submits Comments to Inform IACC 2021-2022 Strategic Plan

On Tuesday, ANCOR submitted comments for the Interagency Coordinating Committee’s (IACC) 2021-2022 Strategic Plan.

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November 30, 2021 Public Policy Corner: New ANCOR Research Examines Impact of Raising the Federal Minimum Wage

During the early months of the Biden administration, there was a strong push among House and Senate Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage from the current rate of $7.25 per hour to $15 per hour. Despite this initiative having been dropped during the American Rescue Plan negotiations, ANCOR anticipates that the conversation will continue and wanted to be equipped with credible and detailed data on the impact to providers, state budgets, and Medicaid funding in general.

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November 30, 2021 Sharing in Our Caring: A New Podcast by Foothold Technology That Sheds Light on Topics and Trends Impacting Our Industry

Foothold Technology is excited to announce the launch of their new podcast, Sharing In Our Caring! The podcast brings together human services professionals and thought leaders to shed light on topics and trends impacting our industry. Give it a listen and subscribe to add it to your playlists!

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Elliot Massuda, Foothold Technology
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November 30, 2021 The Quest for the Good Life: Bonus Episode!

Here is a bonus epsidoe of the Quest For the GoodLife, where Dr. Mike Strouse and members of our team take you on a virtual tour of the Neighborhood Network with iLink and our Applied Technology Center, where technology-leveraged services models are redefining what’s possible!

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Dr. Mike Strouse, GoodLife Innovations, Inc.
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November 30, 2021 Bridging the Medication Gap in the I/DD Population

The inability of people with I/DD to access their physicians during the pandemic has prevented timely refills of medications, leading to a dangerous gap in care. An undelrying reason for this is that prescriber can’t provide a continuation of drug therapy in good faith – even when it may be necessary – without first seeing a patient. And when it comes to treating patients with medications, adherence is a serious concern. In response, PharMerica and StationMD teamed up to provide a stop-gap solution.

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Bill Deane, PharMerica
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November 30, 2021 Why the American Rescue Plan Matters to You Now

Over the past several months, there has been a lot of discussion about a provision of the American Rescue Plan signed into law in March 2021 that increased funding for home- and community-based services for people with disabilities. But exactly what does this additional funding entail?

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Dr. Maulik Trivedi, StationMD
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November 30, 2021 Help Wanted! Employment Opportunities for People with I/DD are Opportunities for Everyone

During the pandemic, many people with disabilities suddenly became essential workers and, like their coworkers without disabilities, bravely stepped up and supported their communities in a time of need. Despite the challenges, there has never been a better environment to improve your organization’s position to help people with disabilities find employment through quality services and creative supports.

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Kevin Dierks, Therap Services
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