May 14, 2020

Hassan, Ernst Lead Bipartisan Effort to Support Disability Service Providers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) are working to provide financial relief to Medicaid providers who support and care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

 

In a bipartisan letter to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the senators are requesting relief for Medicaid Home and Community Based Services and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities through the funding provided by Congress in the COVID-19 relief packages recently signed into law.

 

In their letter, the senators write, “We are writing because the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is causing an immediate crisis among the providers of high quality, long-term supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism across the country financed through Medicaid Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (ICF-IID). We specifically request that you ensure these providers receive a meaningful level of financial relief from the Public Health and Social Services Fund (PHSSF).”

 

The senators continue, “Dedicating these funds for disability community providers from the Public Health and Social Services Fund would be an important step in providing needed support and services to millions of people with disabilities living in the community. We will continue to work together to support and strengthen HCBS to help ensure that people with disabilities are able to remain in their homes and workers who provide direct services received the support that they need to help mitigate the risks of COVID-19.”

 

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