The National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities applauds President Biden’s historic Build Back Better Act framework that prioritizes $150 billion in funding for home and community-based services (HCBS) provided through Medicaid. HCBS provides opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries to receive services in their own home or community rather than institutions or other isolated settings. HCBS is necessary for many people with disabilities so they can live, work, learn and participate fully in the community.
Although the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Supreme Court Olmstead decision promised people with disabilities the right to participate fully in the community, even today thousands of people with disabilities languish on waiting lists for the long-term supports and services they need to live independently.
“Congress has lagged behind in funding Medicaid HCBS at levels necessary to realize the ADA promise of community integration for people with disabilities,” said Donna Meltzer, CEO, NACDD. “The Build Back Better framework announced by the President today lays out how Congress can finally deliver for people with disabilities so they can live independently. Congress must seize the opportunity to follow the framework contained in President Biden’s framework to advance access to independent living for people with disabilities.”
State Councils on Developmental Disabilities across the nation advocate for increased home and community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they can live the best life in their own homes and engage in the workforce, receive an education, and participate civic engagement opportunities.