Lend your voice: Advocate on behalf of HCBS funding

Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill – the largest single investment of its kind. It passed with votes from both parties, signaling that bipartisanship is indeed possible. That spirit of working across the aisle will be important as another key piece of legislation is pending, the Build Back Better Act. This includes $150 billion in spending for Medicaid HCBS (Home and Community Based Services).

This funding is critical to ensure people with developmental disabilities can stay in the homes and communities, and it begins to address the direct care workforce crisis which is caused by insufficient funding and made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the $150 billion is far short of the $400 billion originally proposed in the Better Care Better Jobs Act, it is a substantial amount, the largest in the history of the HCBS program. It is essential to alleviate real needs. Negotiations are ongoing, so please contact your lawmakers today to ensure they fully support HCBS funding among the many competing budget priorities.

It’s easy to do: Click here to access the AbleLight Action Center. Contacting your elected officials will only take a few minutes but can make a real difference.

Thank you for your support of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.