On the ACA repeal (or reform) front, some of the more helpful resources we’ve found related to disabilities issues include: The National Disability Navigator’s list of provisions in ACA
that support people with disabilities, and a summary from Health Affairs on what the Trump EO does and doesn’t do
. Also, the National Governors Association (NGA) sent a letter to Congress
on potential changes. And, the Kaiser Family Foundation has a fact sheet covering the issues related to block and per capita funding,
or if you are looking for a summary of how ACA repeal/reform will impact your state’s policies, the National Academy for State Health Policy has a chart for that
UCP is also monitoring the DeVos confirmation. Some of our colleagues have called into question Ms. DeVos’ investments in a biofeedback company that claims to treat ASD.
On the regulation front, DOJ has issued a NPRM regarding Section 504. UCP is researching the scope of the proposed rule, and will communicate more about the process for comments in the coming weeks.
Also, of note, our colleagues at The Arc recently issued a statement on a possible immigration executive order that would impact individuals with significant disabilities.
Lastly, UCP joined with Easter Seals and 20 other organizations to express concern over efforts in the House to pass a disapproval resolution concerning the Federal Acquisition Regulation rule. H.J. Res 37 passed on mainly party lines, and may move to the Senate next. UCP will continue to monitor.
In the courts, a judge ruled last Thursday on a Corrective Action Plan for HHS that will bring the agency into compliance with the Settlement Agreement in the Jimmo v Burwell case concerning the “improvement standard.” More about the case can be found on the Center for Medicare Advocacy website.
The Northeast ADA Center has put together a toolkit for workplace advocates to improve their company’s policies with respect to workers with disabilities.
The Social Security Administration has created a video training series for Representative Payees, and the providers who work with them.
ACL’s National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research has several active funding opportunities under code NIDILRR or 93.433 at grants.gov. In particular, a development grant is available to CBOs to plan and conduct research, demonstration projects, training, and related activities that develop methods, procedures, and rehabilitation technology which support people with severe disabilities. Learn more here, and apply by February 21st.
The Kessler Foundation’s Signature Employment Grants provide support for non-traditional solutions that increase employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities. Grants ranging from $100,000 to $250,000 per year for up to two years are awarded nationally to fund pilot initiatives, demonstration projects, or social ventures that lead to the generation of new ideas to solve the high unemployment and underemployment of individuals with disabilities. Online grant concepts are due March 17, 2017. Click here to learn more.
If your organization has considered pitching payer systems for contract-based reimbursement arrangements, this webinar on February 17th might be of interest.
Section 2040 of the 21st Century Cures Act focuses on elevating rehabilitation science at NIH. The Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition (DRRC) put together a helpfulsection by section summary of what the law will do.
1) National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) launched an Aging and Disability Business Institute website to provide tools and resources that help CBOs build business acumen.
2) CMS will be hosting a conference call Open Door Forum for Home Health organizations tomorrow at 2 pm. Agenda and call-in information here.
3) CMS issued a reminder to “Payroll-Based Journal” (PBJ) providers about the upcoming reporting deadline on Valentine’s Day. Learn more about the program here.
Lobbying & Advocacy 101: Legal Tips for Aging/Disability Nonprofit Advocates Webinar
Join the Alliance for Justice, and the National Alliance for Caregiving for a webinar on Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 2 PM ET. The webinar will cover the what, why and how of lobbying, its importance, the right of nonprofits to lobby, federal tax law, and more.
OSERS recently published a guide for families and students about transition.Click here to read it.
1) A new report from the LEAD Center and the Workplace Initiative explores UPS’s work training program. Options Unlimited, Inc., UPS and the Coalition for Workforce Diversity worked collaboratively to develop the Transitional Learning Center training program at UPS in Kentucky.
2) LEAD also has issued a guidance brief on Employment First with advice for community rehabilitation program leaders.
1) CMS Seeks Input on PACE Innovation Act
CMS is seeking public input on potential adaptations of the model of care employed by the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) for new populations, including individuals with physical disabilities.
The PACE Innovation Act of 2015 (PIA) provides authority to test application of PACE-like models for additional populations, including populations under the age of 55 and those who do not qualify for a nursing home level of care, under Section 1115A of the Social Security Act.
Comments must be received by 5 p.m. EST on February 10, 2017. Read more here about submission process.
2) NIDILRR Seeks Comment on Draft Long-Range Plan
The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) is requesting comments on its draft long-range plan for the period 2018-2023.
This long-range plan provides an overview of the state of people with disabilities in the United States and NIDILRR’s current investments and potential future directions for research grants. NIDILRR is publishing the draft plan to obtain public comment on the proposed research and development activities to help the agency fulfill its mission.
Read the NIDILRR draft long-range plan. Comments will be accepted by email to NIDILRRfuture@acl.hhs.gov by close of business on Monday, March 20.