Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed
a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill – the largest single investment of its
kind. It passed with votes from both parties, signaling that bipartisanship is
indeed possible. That spirit of working across the aisle will be important as
another key piece of legislation is pending, the Build Back Better Act. This
includes $150 billion in spending for Medicaid HCBS (Home and Community Based
This funding is critical to ensure people with developmental
disabilities can stay in the homes and communities, and it begins to address
the direct care workforce crisis which is caused by insufficient funding and
made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.
While the $150 billion is far short of the $400 billion
originally proposed in the Better Care Better Jobs Act, it is a substantial
amount, the largest in the history of the HCBS program. It is essential to
alleviate real needs. Negotiations are ongoing, so please contact your
lawmakers today to ensure they fully support HCBS funding among the many
competing budget priorities.
It’s easy to do: Click here to
access the Bethesda Action Center. Contacting your elected officials
will only take a few minutes but can make a real difference.
Thank you for your support of people with intellectual and