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Disability Policy News

AUCD's Disability Policy News (DPN) is a bi-weekly newsletter highlighting federal policy issues affecting people with disabilities and their families. (DPN) features updates in plain language and action steps that people can take to educate policymakers. DPN is published every other Monday while Congress is in session.

May 20, 2024 | Vol. MMXXIII | Issue 91

House of Representatives Marks Up the Autism CARES Act of 2024

On April 22, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced the Ensuring Access to Medicaid Services final rule. The rule will help improve access to home and community-based services (HCBS) as well as improve the quality of jobs for caregivers. The rule will require at least 80 percent of Medicaid payments to go to caregiver wages. States will also have to be more transparent in how much they pay for services and how rates are set. States will also have to create an advisory group made up of people receiving services, providers and other stakeholders to provide input on rates and compensation for direct care workers. The White House is hosting a call tomorrow, April 23 at 3 PM to discuss the final rule.

Plain Language

On May 16th, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health voted on the Autism CARES Act of 2024. This is the first step in the process. The bill will improve research and training focused on people with autism and other developmental disabilities. The bill passed in the subcommittee with a vote of 22-0./p>

Action Steps

Read the bill text. Watch the mark-up. Call and educate your Members of Congress on the importance of improving research, training, and services for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. You can reach your Members of Congress by calling the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121. AUCD and the Autism Society of America have drafted this policy brief to help in outreach to offices.

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