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May 6, 2020
The National Council on Disability (NCD), an independent, nonpartisan federal agency that provides advice to the President and Congress on disability policy issues, has issued a letter to Congressional leadership advising that “the next COVID-19 legislative package be inclusive of several critical home-and-community-based service (HCBS) system provisions that will save potentially tens of thousands of lives of people with disabilities and those who support them during the COVID-19 outbreak.”
May 6, 2020
United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), sent a letter urging House and Senate leadership to prioritize the needs of people with disabilities in the fourth coronavirus response package.
April 25, 2020
NASDDDS and ADvancing States released a joint letter to federal lawmakers requesting further support for state governments in the upcoming legislation regarding coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The letter addressed four primary issues needing to be addressed immediately by lawmakers in order to maintain the ongoing sustainability of the long-term services and supports delivery system. Also included are two recommendations for issues that should be addressed in order to support state agencies once the pandemic begins to subside.
April 21, 2020
On April 13, The National Association of Medicaid (NAMD) sent a letter to Congressional leaders requesting urgent action to address resource gaps for critical Medicaid providers during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
March 30, 2020
The US Department of Labor recently issued an FAQ document regarding the expansions of paid sick and family leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). The document indicates that state governors have the authority to designate Direct Support Professionals as health care providers for the purposes of the exemption from these provisions, which amend the Family and Medical Leave Act to extend these benefits more broadly during the COVID-19 national emergency. DOL will be issuing implementing regulations.