The Arc Minnesota Secures Progress in Health and Human Services Funding Bill

Thanks to the advocacy of The Arc Minnesota, the Minnesota Legislature passed and Governor Mark Dayton signed a Department of Health and Human Services funding bill that makes modest progress on several key priorities including:

  • A 13% reduction in parental fees for participation in the TEFRA program.
  • A 1% increase in the Medicaid spend-down, or about $10 per month
  • $496,000 for statewide self-advocacy efforts;
  • New services for those seeking competitive employment, pending approval by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; and
  • A 1.5% increase for personal care attendants under the SEIU contract, however there was no across the board increase for DSPs.

The Arc of Illinois Supports Bill Preserving Determination of Need Assessment Criteria

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner vetoed HB 4351, which would preserve the existing Determination of Needs Assessment Criteria until a new assessment tool is provided by the federal government, put eligibility criteria for the community care program into statute, and prohibit reducing cost maximums below 2016 levels and require increases to reflect rate increases.  The Arc of Illinois supported this bill.

The Arc of Tennessee Successfully Advocates for Lower Age of Eligibility for Medicaid Employment Services

As a result of The Arc of Tennessee’s advocacy around the Employment and Community First Choices waiver, students with I/DD who graduate high school at 18 are now immediately eligible for employment services rather than having to wait until age 21.

The Arc of Colorado Secures Passage of Bill Ensuring Notice and Opportunity to Appeal Medicaid Decisions

The Arc of Colorado supported HB 1277, recently signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper. This law requires the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to provide 20 days of notice to a Medicaid recipient if medical assistance benefits will be suspended, terminated, or modified. The bill also extends the time for appeal of the intended action from 30 days to 60 days.