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Virtual Summit: Utah Storytellers at the White House

Local advocates, parents, and disability organizations are partnering with the Utah Developmental Disabilities Council and the Biden Administration to hold a virtual summit highlighting the need for services covered by Medicaid. Local speakers, as well as a representative from the BidenAdministration, will discuss their experiences with the ongoing crisis facing those who need services the most.

I n Utah, over 6,000 people with disabilities, including adults and children with disabilities and aging seniors, are waiting for important services that keep individuals in their homes and out of institutions. Services include home, health, and personal care, employment training, and job coaching, and funds for services that stabilize families in need. These home and community-based services (HCBS) also provide jobs to caregivers and family members and add billions of dollars to the American economy through formal supports and services.

President Biden’s American Jobs Plan specifically calls on“Congress to put $400 billion toward expanding access to quality, affordable home- or community-based care for aging relatives and people with disabilities.”The Council’s Executive Director, Libby Oseguera, says: “it is really important that we expand access to long-term services that meet people’s preferences and needs beyond institutional care.

Be sure to check out the recording, click here.