INARF's national partner, ANCOR, shared an action alert regarding its efforts to advocate for COVID-19 funding relief for our industry. INARF encourages you to use ANCOR's email tool to ask your members of Congress to support provisions increasing funding for the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) program as they consider provisions of the House-approved HEROES Act. This one pager provides additional information that may help inform your advocacy efforts.
INARF also encourages you to share this information with staff, individuals, and families as appropriate. If you have questions, contact Katy Stafford-Cunningham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Senators are back in Washington DC after being home for two weeks, and negotiations with the House are beginning in earnest around the fourth COVID-19 relief bill that congressional staff have been drafting. Your members of Congress need to hear from you that the Medicaid Home and Community-Based (HCBS) Program cannot be overlooked in these negotiations!
The Ask: Use our email and call tool to ask your members of Congress to support provisions increasing funding for the Medicaid Home and Community-Based (HCBS) Program as they consider provisions of the House-approved HEROES Act.
The Details on the HEROES Act:
The Senate will only be in session until August 10 before it breaks for its summer campaign recess. That leaves only 19 days for it to negotiate a timely deal with the House on a fourth COVID-19 relief bill. Please use that time to say loudly and clearly that the health and well-being of people with intellectual / developmental disabilities (I/DD) and the Direct Support Professionals who help them cannot be overlooked.
The House will be pressuring the Senate to keep portions of the HEROES Act – this is the time to make sure both chambers support provisions that directly increase funding for Medicaid HCBS programs. Those programs cover the majority of I/DD supports in the U.S. Increased COVID-19 funding from Congress for Medicaid-funded HCBS programs can be used by agencies to purchase safety supplies, strengthen wages for Direct Support Professionals, and otherwise keep people with I/DD healthy and safe during the pandemic.
Please take a minute today to ask Congress to strengthen Medicaid-funded I/DD programs during the pandemic.