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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Reference Guide: CMS’ Make Your Voice Heard Request for Information

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued the Make Your Voice Heard request for information (RFI) seeking comments from the public on the following topics: accessing health care and related challenges, understanding provider experiences, advancing health equity, and the impact of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) Waivers and Flexibilities.

This is a unique opportunity to weigh in directly with CMS about the challenges providers are experiencing and offer recommendations. ANCOR encourages our members to enter their public comment and share widely with other providers in their networks.

In this reference guide, we have included data from ANCOR’s recent workforce survey and ANCOR’s response to the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s recent RFI on disability policy and CMS’ RFI on access standards. We have provided the data in this guide to highlight opportunities to emphasize the impact of the direct support workforce crisis in your response pursuant to understanding provider experiences and the impact of the COVID-19 PHE, which we hope will be helpful to our members as they draft comments.

The information is requested through a survey link. The deadline for response is Friday, November 4, 2022.