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  • Direct Support Professional Survey Results

    Topics: State News,

    States may be interested in reviewing the results of a survey of Direct Support Professionals completed by the Univ. of Minnesota Institute for Community Inclusion.  The report utilizes NCI Staff Stability Survey results to demonstrate the baseline experience of DSP’s prior to the pandemic.   UMN partnered with National Association of DSP’s to gather data directly from DSP’s on their work experience during the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic.  

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  • CCD and DAC Urge Passage of Enhanced FMAP

    Topics: Federal News,

    The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD), the Disability and Aging Collaborative (DAC), and other state and national organizations sent a letter to Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R—KY) and Chuck Schumer (D—NY) urging them “to include the vital needs of people with disabilities and aging adults in the next COVID-19 relief package.” In particular, the letter states, “the dedicated funding for Medicaid Home and Community-based (HCBS) services is of utmost importance for the disability and aging communities.”

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  • IRS Issues Alert on Stimulus Payments for Institutional Residents

    Topics: Federal News,

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued an alert to nursing home and other care facilities that Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) generally belong to the recipients, not the organizations providing the care. The Economic Impact Payment is considered an advance refund for 2020 taxes, so it is considered a tax refund for benefits purposes. The IRS also noted the Economic Impact Payments do not count as resources that have to be turned over by benefit recipients, such as residents long-term care facilities whose care is provided for by Medicaid.

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  • IRS Issues Alert on Stimulus Payments for Institutional Residents

    Topics: Federal News,

    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued an alert to nursing home and other care facilities that Economic Impact Payments (EIPs) generally belong to the recipients, not the organizations providing the care. The Economic Impact Payment is considered an advance refund for 2020 taxes, so it is considered a tax refund for benefits purposes. The IRS also noted the Economic Impact Payments do not count as resources that have to be turned over by benefit recipients, such as residents long-term care facilities whose care is provided for by Medicaid.

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  • OCR and Connecticut Agree on Hospital Visitation Policies for People with Disabilities

    Topics: Federal News,

    The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced an Early Case Resolution (ECR) with the State of Connecticut after the state issued an executive order regarding non-visitation policies for short-term hospitals, outpatient clinics, and outpatient surgical facilities to ensure that people with disabilities are not denied reasonable access to needed support persons.

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