Last week ANCOR published its findings from the 2021 Direct Support Workforce Crisis Survey in the form of a brief summarizing the findings: The State of America's Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2021.
On September 29, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services opened its combined application for the American Rescue Plan (ARP) rural funding and Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Phase 4.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently proposed a rule seeking to affirmatively clarify that states may make payments to third parties on behalf of individual practitioners for benefits if the practitioner voluntarily consents to it. ANCOR submitted written comments in response.
Last week, the House was set to vote on the bipartisan infrastructure bill. However, on Thursday House Speaker Nancy Pelosi postponed the vote. Speaker Pelosi had originally promised that the House would vote on both the bipartisan infrastructure and budget reconciliation (“human infrastructure”) bills in tandem by September 27. However, with no final budget reconciliation bill ready for a vote last week, votes on both bills were postponed. There is no date set for either bill.
Last Thursday, Congress passed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to extend government funding until December 3, 2021, ultimately avoiding a government shutdown. Not included in the CR, however, is extension of the debt limit. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has announced that the debt limit needs to be raised by October 18, 2021, or the Treasury Department will be unable to borrow more money to finance government operations. In order to meet the October 18 deadline, Congress must act quickly.
By Jerri McCandless
It’s with heavy hearts that we share the news that Tim Sullivan, long-time ANCOR member, recently passed away. Until his retirement in 2015, Tim worked for over 30 years as the New Hampshire State Director for Aspire Living & Learning (formerly known as The Institute of Professional Practice, or IPPI).
By Megan Todd, GoodLife Innovations, Inc.
By Sammy Keating, Sandata
The intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) industry has suffered from some of the highest employee turnover challenges of the past decade. While the industry reports growth over the past five years, it has also struggled with caregiver turnover rates near 70% in some regions of the country. Hourly workers can comprise up to 90% of an I/DD workforce.
The good news is that many of these employees feel called to care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities—it’s not just a job to them.
By Luke Franzelas, MediSked
Here in Washington, we’re finally enjoying some relief from the heat and humidity of the summer. But as the crisp autumn air moves in, things are heating up on Capitol Hill. Meanwhile, your Government Relations team has been on fire, working on a number of fronts to stabilize our direct support workforce. This article shares some highlights about what the GR team has been up to these days.