We ask that you please take all three actions listed below, if possible, TODAY. Time is of the essence...
1.) Email Governor Larry Hogan
Use the link button below to write to the Governor through his website, and choose the "Developmental Disabilities Administration" as the message topic in the drop down box.
- Ask Governor Hogan to continue Appendix K for DDA waiver services until 6 months after the federal Public Health Emergency, as approved in the State’s request to CMS.
- Explain how the loss of Appendix K flexibilities will affect you as a person with a disability a family member, or a provider.
Consider including some of the following information in your message:
If you are a person with IDD or a Family Member:
- Are family members providing paid support as a caregiver? Why is it important they be allowed to continue providing this support right now?
- Do you have any concerns about direct support staff coming to your home or spending several hours of time in the community at this time? How and in what ways?
- What flexibilities in Appendix K have, and continue to be, life savers for you?
If you are a Provider:
- Are you currently experiencing staff shortages that would make it difficult/impossible to continue to provide services to the people you are currently supporting if Appendix K flexibilities are removed ahead of what was planned? Can you give example(s)?
- In what ways would the removal of billing flexibilities permitted under Appendix K impact your ability to continue to support people?
- What obstacles or barriers are you experiencing in re-integration?
- Do you have immediate workforce capacity or financial challenges that are creating barriers to service delivery?
2.) Email The Maryland Department of Health Secretary Dennis Schrader
Use the link button below to write to the Secretary and ask him to support the continuation of Appendix K until 6 months after the end of the federal public health emergency. Explain how the loss of Appendix K flexibilities will affect you as a person with a disability, a family member, or a provider, using the questions above as a guide to what to include in your message. If you would prefer to call the Secretary, please call 410-767-4639.
3.) Share this ACTION ALERT broadly through email and social media to your networks and ask others for help in this advocacy.
When you post on social media, please tag Governor Hogan @GovLarryHogan and Secretary Schrader @MDHealthDept in your posts if possible, and use the following hashtags: