White House Hosts Roundtable with AHRC NYC and The Arc NY
On Wednesday, the White House hosted a digital roundtable with The Arc New York, AHRC New York City, The Arc US, and Caring Across Generations to discuss the impact of the Better Care Better Jobs Act (BCBJA). US Deputy Labor Secretary Julie Su kicked off the event and reiterated President Biden’s commitment to, ”high-quality care for Americans with disabilities…linked to adequate resources for caregivers and service providers.”
A panel of self-advocates, parents, and Direct Support Professionals (DSP) from Staten Island shared their personal experiences, the importance of home and community-based services (HCBS), and stressed the need for the $400 billion BCBJA in the next round of infrastructure funding. Hearing these stories connected President Biden’s “Build Back Better” plan with the people who will be positively impacted by this historic investment in HCBS and the care economy.
The event has received news coverage and was viewed by people across the country. The full event can be viewed here.
Arc NY CEO Erik Geizer sends Open Letter to NYS Congressional Delegation
As part of our ongoing advocacy campaign championing the Better Care Better Jobs act and historic investments in HCBS, Erik Geizer, CEO of The Arc NY sent an open letter to the NYS congressional delegation highlighting the critical need to support the direct care workforce.
In the letter, he asked Congress to “… fully endorse the inclusion of the Better Care Better Jobs Act (BCBJA) and ensure that the proposed $400 billion investment in home and community-based services (HCBS) remains intact. The BCBJA will help pave the way for much needed resources for the direct care workforce and beyond.”
US Senate Takes First Step towards Care Infrastructure Investments
, the US Senate released the budget reconciliation resolution the first step towards a larger infrastructure package. The $3.5 trillion package will hopefully include both the $400 billion for Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS), as well as other priorities benefitting the I/DD community.
The budget resolution is only the framework for what will ultimately be the budget reconciliation bill. We are encouraged that the top-line figures for Medicaid are high, but it is still unclear how much will be applied to HCBS supports and services. More specifics will emerge in September, following the August recess.