ANCOR, INARF's national partner, is leading the Save Our Services Campaign in response to a proposed new rule on the overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act out of the Department of Labor that would greatly increase the salary threshold at which employees with managerial duties can be exempt from overtime. We expect the rule to be finalized in the spring, which means you would have to comply with it by this summer.
Although we support its values, this unprecedented proposed rule will cost Medicaid Intellectual and Development Disabilities (IDD) programs over $1 billion that the program and providers of these important community services do not have. We are asking Congress to take preemptive action to provide temporary relief as well as permanent systemic change so that this successful program can survive in an ever changing regulatory environment.
Your Member of Congress needs to hear directly from you that this is a problem they need to fix.Please write to your Members of Congress about the proposed rule and ask them to support ANCOR's proposed legislative fix! We have provided a template email that you can copy and paste into the contact section on your member of Congress’ webpage. Feel free to personalize it with your own words and anecdotes. The more details you give about this rule affects you, the more compelling your message will be.
We are expecting the Department of Labor rule to be finalized by May, so in order for any relief to arrive in time, Congress needs to take action immediately. This makes it critical that your Members of Congress hear from you NOW. Any message from you will make this issue gets and stays on Congress' radar. We need your help to carry the message to Members of Congress today.
The links to each Indiana Member of Congress’ page are below. If you do not know who your Member of Congress is, click here.
Please let us know which Members of Congress you contact and forward any response you receive to Sarah Chestnut at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here is the template email you can use when you contact your Member of Congress:
The Department of Labor is proposing a new rule on the overtime exemption under the Fair Labor Standards Act and we expect this rule to be finalized in the early part of 2016. Although we support the values of the rule, the unprecedented proposed rule will cost the Medicaid HCBS program over $1 billion that the program and providers of these important community services do not have. We are asking Congress to take preemptive action to provide temporary relief as well as permanent systemic change so that this successful program can survive in an ever changing regulatory environment.
Links to contact your Member of Congress pages:
United States Senator Dan Coats:
United States Senator Joe Donnelly:
Congressman Pete Visclosky, District 1:
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, District 2:
Congressman Marlin Stutzman, District 3:
Congressman Todd Rokita, District 4:
Congresswoman Susan Brooks, District 5:
Congressman Luke Messer, District 6:
Congressman André Carson, District 7:
Congressman Larry Bucschon, District 8:
Congressman Todd Young, District 9:
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the INARF office.