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Speak Up for HCBS Funding the Senate Left Out of Its 4th COVID-19 Proposal
Yesterday evening Senate Republicans released their draft legislation as a counter-proposal to the HEROES Act, which passed the Democratic-controlled House along party margins. While the Senate proposal contained some good provisions for disability supports, we are disappointed that it did not include increased funding for Medicaid Home and Community Based Supports (HCBS). Now is the time to loudly and clearly demand that Congress stop overlooking these supports!
The Ask: Use our email and call tool to ask Senator Schumer, Senator  Gillibrand and your Congress member to pressure their leadership to include increased funding for the Medicaid Home and Community-Based (HCBS) Program in the final COVID-19 package as negotiations continue.
The Details on the Senate HEALS Act:
The Senate proposed the Health; Economic Assistance; Liability Protection; and Schools Act (the HEALS Act) without some key Democratic priorities such as additional assistance to states, signaling that it will be engaging in tough negotiations with the House as the chambers seek to reconcile the differences between the HEALS Act and the HEROES Act. During this time we must speak up about the absence of direct increases to Medicaid HCBS programs in the HEALS Act.
The Senate draft contains a few good provisions – see attached for a list here. However, these provisions cannot be substitutes for the provisions in the HEROES Act that would provide increased funding directly for Medicaid HCBS programs  Such increased funding is needed so that nonprofit providers that support individuals with intellectual and  developmental disabilities (I/DD) can purchase personal protective equipment, cover staff overtime and hazard pay and maintain supports such as day and employment services.
Please take a minute today to ask Congress to include increased HCBS funding in addition to the provisions in the HEALS Act as it negotiates the final COVID-19 package.
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