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Support Save Our Services – Increase Medicaid Funding

Thu, 09/15/2016 - 4:38pm

Alongside partners, like American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), LBSA supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Part of this commitment means being active constituents who seek legislative support and advocate for change. One way we can do this is by reaching out to elected officials who have the power to support legislation that affects the people we serve.

What is the Save Our Services (SOS) Campaign?

The SOS campaign seeks to convince Congress to grant a temporary increase in federal Medicaid funding for providers of intellectual and developmental disability community services, like LBSA!

The most recent regulatory change being addressed is the Department of Labor’s (DOL) revision of the overtime exemption rule, which will increase the salary that employees must receive in order to be exempt from overtime requirements. Medicaid rates have remained stagnant or decreased during the past decade, while demand for community services has increased. Without increased reimbursement, we cannot fairly compensate our caregivers for their tremendous work and be in compliance with the federal overtime rules while ensuring the same high-quality services.

What Can be Done?

By temporarily increasing Medicaid funding for providers, organizations like Laura Baker Services Association and others can continue to provide the highest level of service to our clients while fairly compensating caregivers for their tremendous work and ensuring that we comply with federal overtime rules.

We are asking Congress to provide a lifeline that will enable disability services providers to keep service quality stable and to help them comply with the DOL’s revision of the overtime exemption rule, while advocates seek to permanently increase Medicaid rates.

This can be done through their support of the Disability Community Act of 2016 (H.R. 5902), a bill that will provide a three-year, targeted and temporary funding bump to providers so that they can comply with new federal rules not funded under current fixed Medicaid rates.

Be an Active Constituent

We need your voice! Take two minutes and write a letter to your lawmaker in support of the Disability Community Act of 2016!

 

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