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Take Action: Third COVID-19 Relief Package Must Include Disability Supports
Dear [Decision Maker],
I understand that a third COVID-19 Relief Bill is quickly moving through Congress. I want to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), their families and the staff who supports them direct supports professionals (DSPs) are not left out. The last two bills did not sufficiently meet the needs of some of our most vulnerable friends and neighbors. This third COVID-19 stimulus bill should include: Emergency funding and access to loans for DSPs' overtime pay, hazard pay, paid sick and family leave, and recruitment. The 6.2% Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAP) bump in the second COVID-19 response package was not enough. The FMAP does not pay DSP overtime pay, hazard pay, and paid leave. Additional funding to create a Medicaid grant program to support access to home and community-based services (to combat institutionalization) and to support the DSP workforce. A permanent reauthorization of the Money Follows the Person (MFP) program. MFP funds states to move people with disabilities and seniors back into the community, after time in a nursing home or hospital setting. Inclusive economic stimulus and raising asset limits. Congress should ensure that any economic stimulus goes to people with disabilities, including those receiving Social Security or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and/or Medicaid who are subject to strict asset limits which should be raised to ensure that this stimulus does not put crucial benefits at risk. No limitations on civil rights protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Affordable Care Act can be included in the legislation.
Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP][Your Email]