Our View of the Legislature: Medicaid

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The legislature will be considering changes to the State’s Medicaid program that could have an impact on people with disabilities.  At 4:00 this afternoon, a subcommittee of Senate Education and Health will consider HB 231, from Senator Suetterlein, which mandates changes to Medicaid Waiver programs in order to better meet the needs of individuals receiving services (in the House, HB 991, from Delegate Runion addresses the same issue).

 You can observe the hearing, and sign up to offer comment, here.

 There are other bills that address Medicaid services under consideration, including:

  •  HB 241 (Adams) — to provide for wheelchairs and durable medical equipment in nursing facilities
  •  HB 534 (Batten) – to exclude from consideration for eligibility for Medicaid any income from social security disability   benefits
  •  HB 680 (Hope) – creates targeted case management services under Medicaid for individuals with severe brain   injuries

The disAbility Law Center of Virginia’s mission is to advance independence, choice and self-determination; protect legal, human, and civil rights; and eliminate abuse, neglect and discrimination of people with disabilities through   zealous and uncompromising legal advocacy and representation. We are available to educate policy makers about   the potential impact of legislative proposals and budgetary considerations.  Please let us know of any legislative proposals or budget issues that you think we should be following.  Contact us at info@dlcv.org or by calling 1-800- 552-3962 or 804-225-2042.