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Easterseals continues to support advocacy initiatives that support people with disabilities, seniors, veterans and caregivers by signing:
A CCD letter asking HHS, OCR and CMS to move forward with federal guidance and regulations to strengthen non-discrimination protections for people with disabilities (including immediate action to release guidance on preventing discrimination in vaccine allocation priorities and processes).
A CCD letter to Congressional Leadership and Chairs of the House Budget, Energy & Commerce, and Education & Labor Committees and Chairs of the Senate Finance, Budget and HELP Committees urging them to ensure that any proposal to increase the minimum wage includes commensurate Medicaid funding for rate increases to cover those additional labor costs. In addition, the letter requested that a commission be formed, including people with disabilities and direct care workers to make certain that home and community-based services (HCBS) for people with disabilities and aging adults remain steadfast.
A CCD Letter to President Biden thanking him for pledging to put Federal funding for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) on a 10-year glide path to full funding and to offer our support in helping to achieve this goal.
A CCD Statement on the Importance of State Assessments and Strong Accountability for Students with Disabilities.
A CCD letter to Leadership at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging the movement forward with rules and guidance on the following: (1) to withdraw and revise the HHS OCR Request for Information, “Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Critical Health and Human Service Programs or Activities,” RIN 0945-AA15 proposed rule concerning health privacy rights, and (2) to revisit the HHS OCR Final Rule, HHS CMS and OCR, “Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities, Delegation of Authority,” implementing the Affordable Care Act’s non-discrimination provisions.
A letter to Representative Julia Brownley (D-CA) and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) thanking them for their continued support and commitment to ensuring passage of the CHAMPVA Children’s Protection Act to close the age parity gap for children whose veteran parents are disabled or who have died from a service-connected disability.