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Volume #15 | Issue #22
November 4, 2021
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Now Is The Time!

Achieva, along with other members of the Provider Alliance (TPA), is fervently advocating for the funding needed to ensure people with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism (ID/A) can receive necessary services. TPA urges Governor Wolf and the General Assembly to use the funding available from the already-passed American Rescue Plan and the potential Medicaid increases in the “Build Back Better” legislation under consideration by Congress to preserve the community system of care.

“The intellectual disability system is collapsing, but it can be prevented,” said Nancy Murray, Senior Vice President of Achieva and President, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh. “Now is the time for Governor Wolf and the General Assembly to pay direct support professionals (DSPs) at the same level as state center aides, use Rainy Day funds to stabilize the system, and increase the fee schedule rates by $541 million (annualized amount in the State Fiscal Year 2022-23 budget). Thanks to funding from the federal government, the time has never been better for PA to make this investment to provide desperately needed services for people with intellectual disabilities, autism, and their families.”

“Build Back Better” Legislation Under Consideration

  • $130 million in planning grants to be awarded for states to become “HCBS Program Improvement States”
  • An additional 6 percentage points to states’ Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) for approved “HCBS Program Improvement States” through September 30, 2031 (10 years)
  • An additional 2 percentage points to FMAP for the first six quarters after a state has implemented a program to support self-directed care
  • Permanent extension of “Money Follows The Person” rebalancing demonstration at $450 million for each fiscal year after 2021

If you would like to contact the Governor, your state senator, and state representative, please click here. Now is the time!

Please Act Today!
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A 24-Hour Vigil and a Roundtable With Vice President Harris: It's Our Moment for Change

From The Arc of the United States

Earlier this month, in front of the Capitol in Washington, DC, advocates from The Arc and partner organizations gathered for 24 hours straight to read out loud thousands of stories from people with disabilities and their families about the importance of disability services in their lives.

The Arc is also making an impact at the highest levels of government. Their Senior Director of Public Policy, Nicole Jorwic, and her brother Chris participated in a roundtable with Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth to discuss the importance of home and community-based services.

The Arc does this work with the people it affects front and center, and the new Build Back Better framework provides the chance to build the service system we need. Advocate today for a historic investment in the services people with disabilities and those who care for them need!
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Save the Date for Achieva’s Online Giving Day!

This year, YOU can impact the lives of people with disabilities by donating online on November 11, 2021. All donations on this day go to the Blanco Family Fund for Advocacy and Family Support. The Fund, established by Achieva’s Board of Trustees in 2017 (to honor Marsha Blanco’s four decades of service to Achieva as its past President and CEO), helps countless people receive the assistance they need from Achieva’s advocates. Advocacy services are not funded by the government. Achieva’s ability to offer such help is completely dependent on grants and gifts from people like you.
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  • The Arc of PA requests your story to share with legislators about why PA needs to fund disability services
  • Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation (PATF) is hosting the 7th Annual AT Photo Contest
  • Supporting Grandparents Raising Grandchildren. Webinar: Tuesday, November 16, from 1-3 p.m.
  • Expanded Home-Heating Assistance is Available to PA Renters, Homeowners

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