COVID-19 Bill Victory for People With IDD

AJE is delighted to share this information from our friends at The ARC.

On Wednesday, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan legislation, which includes $12.7 billion of vital dedicated funding for one year to strengthen and expand access to Medicaid home and community-based services (HCBS). HCBS help people with disabilities live as independently as possible in their communities and out of the danger of institutions and nursing homes.

In addition to the HCBS funding, other critical provisions in the bill include:

  • Including all people with disabilities, including “adult dependents” in receiving stimulus payments
  • Extension and expansion of tax credits to cover COVID leave, so that families can support loved ones while care is interrupted.

To learn more: Read The Arc’s statement at

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