Corona Update

Good Morning,

Late yesterday the Senate passed and the President signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.  Among other things, the bill includes a 6.2 percentage point FMAP bump for Medicaid, emergency paid sick and family leave, unfortunately it did not include caretaking for adults with disabilities or seniors whose programs have closed or whose workers are sick which we hope will get addressed in the next package The Senate take the lead on drafting the third package, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has indicated that Senate will stay in session until the third package passes, so now is the time to reach out to your Senators AND Representatives.

 Please share our new action alert widely! This includes what we want to see in the third package, including specific asks around creating a grant program to support HCBS and the DSP workforce, permanent MFP and raising asset limits:  It is very important that legislators hear from constituents so that we can get our issues including in the third COVID-19 package. We are also signing onto letters to ensure protections to small businesses are extended to non-profit organizations and raising those issues on the Hill. Thank you for all that you are doing, be well!

Self Empowerment Network Meeting

Join the Self Empowerment of The Greater Louisville Area

Where: St. Matthews Library
3940 Hillview Avenue
Louisville, KY

When: March 17

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Learn about Kentucky Office of Vocational Rehabilitation with
Chris Sheetinger

Medicaid Update

The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) is announcing a new official public comment period for the amended 1915(c) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waivers. This official public comment period will focus on amendments to three appendices of the waiver applications which were updated based on the outcome of the 1915(c) HCBS Rate Study. Please read the public comment notice for details.

Helpful Websites

Helpful Websites

Hello all. The Arc of Kentucky has compiled a list of helpful websites that can assist those needing various resources for education, disabilities, advocacy, and more. Check out this pdf, also found on the Self Advocates page, for the full list!

Helpful Websites