The Chairs and Ranking Members of the
The letter to Secretary Azar was written in response to the fact that Medicaid disability supports have not received any dedicated emergency relief funding to manage through the pandemic, despite the 68 days that have passed since the
The letter--co-signed by Senator
"As the leading voice for Medicaid providers in
Buttressed by its 1,600+ provider members and thousands of other advocates, ANCOR has been leading efforts to secure emergency funding since the pandemic began, and that advocacy has been responsible, at least in part, for efforts by congressional leaders to hold HHS accountable for COVID-19 appropriations. However, as
That call to action compels HHS to respond to a series of questions no later than
* What is HHS' timeline to release a dedicated tranche of funds for Medicaid-dependent providers?
* How does HHS plan to release such funds to Medicaid-dependent providers?
* What level of funding does HHS plan to dedicate to Medicaid-dependent providers to ensure a meaningful and equitable distribution?
* What factors contributed to HHS waiting until
* What factors have contributed to the delays in disbursing funds to Medicaid-dependent providers, and how has HHS been working to resolve them as expeditiously as possible to ensure the timely release of funds?
ANCOR eagerly awaits the Department's responses to these questions, and remains unwavering in its commitment to mobilizing advocates to demand that community-based disability services are no longer left behind by the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. To learn more about ANCOR's federal COVID-19 advocacy efforts, visit our
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For 50 years, the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ancor.org) has been a leading advocate for the critical role service providers play in enriching the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). As a national nonprofit trade association, ANCOR represents 1,600+ organizations employing more than a half-million professionals who together serve more than a million individuals with I/DD. Our mission is to advance the ability of our members to support people with I/DD to fully participate in their communities.