On July 14, Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Steve Stivers (R-OH) introduced the Disability Community Act of 2016 (H.R. 5902), with original co-sponsors James Langevin (D-RI) and Gregg Harper (R-MS). The legislation will permit a 90/10 enhanced FMAP for three years for increased expenses stemming from the Department of Labor (DOL) Overtime and Home Care final rules, and the CMS HCBS rule. This additional funding is critical to permit states the time required to adjust rates to meet the requirements of the rules going forward. The bill also seeks to replace outdated language that is still enmeshed in statute.
ANCOR drafted the legislation and has been lobbying on it as a key part of its Save our Services (S.O.S.) campaign work. The language as introduced reflects significant collaborative and cooperation between congressional offices, ANCOR staff, and legislative counsel. We will bring members more information on the bill in coming weeks, and will highlight it as the central piece of our advocacy for the Hill day held in conjunction with the ANCOR Leadership Summit; Keeping Up the Good Work in September. While we expect the major legislative push from the bill's co-sponsors will occur after the August recess, we need your help to rally support before then! Stay tuned for our grassroots advocacy toolkit which will include tips and resources for actions you can take to support our efforts, including by inviting your representatives to visit your agency over the summer.
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