Disability Integration Act Introduced in Both Houses: Urge Your Senators and Representatives to Co-Sponsor this Important Legislation!
NCIL is excited to inform you that the Disability Integration Act (DIA) has been reintroduced in both the Senate and the House of Representatives! Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) introduced S. 910 in the Senate on April 7, and Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) introduced H.R. 2472 in the House just last week, on May 16.
If passed, the DIA will establish new federal law that addresses the constitutional right of people with disabilities to live in the community. The DIA addresses the fundamental issue that people who need long term services and supports (LTSS) are often forced into institutions and lose their basic freedom and civil rights. This legislation will require states and insurance providers that pay for LTSS to reverse this institutional bias, provide community-based services first, and offer home and community-based services (HCBS) to people currently in institutions.
The DIA builds on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Olmstead decision, and programs like Money Follows the Person and the Community First Choice Option. The DIA is the next logical step in the disability community’s fight to FREE OUR PEOPLE. For more information on the DIA, please visit www.disabilityintegrationact.org and see the list of organizations supporting the legislation. See below for a list of current co-sponsors of the DIA and take action!
Now that the bill has been introduced in both the Senate and the House, we want to keep up the momentum! Please contact your members of Congress and tell them to co-sponsor this bipartisan, bicameral piece of legislation!
Senate: S. 910, introduced by Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on April 7, 2017
- Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI)
- Senator Bob Casey (D-PA)
- Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT)
- Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
House: H.R. 2472, introduced by Representative Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) on May 16, 2017
- Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE)
- Representative Robert Brady (D-PA)
- Representative Lacy Clay (D-MO)
- Representative Steve Cohen (D-TN)
- Representative John Conyers (D-MI)
- Representative Danny Davis (D-IL)
- Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR)
- Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO)
- Representative Lloyd Doggett (D-TX)
- Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX)
- Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA)
- Representative Gwen Moore (D-WI)
- Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC)
- Representative Beto O’Rourke (D-TX)
- Representative C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD)
- Representative Louise Slaughter (D-NY)
- Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY)
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is seeking public input from April 25 to May 25, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. on the Medicaid and NC Health Choice programs transformation (also known as “Medicaid reform”).
While all comments are welcome, the Department is specifically looking for input on the following topics:
- Integrating Primary Care and Behavioral Health Services
- Supporting Provider Transformation
- Care Management and Population Health
- Addressing Social Determinants of Health
- Improving Quality of Care
- Paying for Value
- Increasing Access to Care and Treating Substance Use Disorder
For specific information and sample questions on each of these topics, refer to the Request for Public Input document on the DHHS Medicaid Reform website.
I strongly encourage you to share your expertise with the Department as we consider whether modifications are needed to the Section 1115 waiver application submitted June 1, 2016, to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Your input is crucial to ensure Medicaid is transformed to support North Carolina health care professionals as they strive to improve the health for people in our state.
Comments will be accepted at one of four public input sessions to be held during May (pre-registration is not necessary):
May 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Greensboro – Guilford County DHHS Building, 1203 Maple St, Rooms 122 and 123
May 10, 3-5 p.m., Greenville – Greenville Convention Center, 303 Greenville Blvd SW, Emerald Ballroom
May 12, 2-4 p.m., Asheville – Asheville-Buncombe Technical College, 340 Victoria Rd., Ferguson Auditorium
May 16, 6-8 p.m., Raleigh – McKimmon Conference & Training Center, 1101 Gorman St.
You also may provide comments in writing:
U.S. Mail: Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Health Benefits, 1950 Mail Service Center, Raleigh NC 27699-1950
Drop-off: Department of Health and Human Services, Dorothea Dix Campus, Adams Building, 101 Blair Dr., Raleigh.
Thank you for partnering with the Department and the North Carolina General Assembly on this significant transformation effort. For Medicaid transformation information and progress updates, visit https://www.ncdhhs.gov/nc-medicaid-reform.
Deputy Secretary for Medical Assistance
Division of Medical Assistance
North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services