Senate COVID-19 Relief Proposal Overlooks Disability Community, Advocates Say – Disability Scoop

As negotiations begin in earnest on Capitol Hill for another coronavirus relief bill, advocates are warning that the needs of people with disabilities are on the verge of being ignored again.

U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled their $1 trillion proposal this week to address the ongoing pandemic. The legislation, known as the HEALS Act, calls for another round of stimulus payments to individuals, liability protections for businesses and funding for schools, among other initiatives.

As negotiations begin in earnest on Capitol Hill for another coronavirus relief bill, advocates are warning that the needs of people with disabilities are on the verge of being ignored again.

U.S. Senate Republicans unveiled their $1 trillion proposal this week to

“Despite months of concentrated advocacy, it includes no new funding for Medicaid or for home- and community-based services,” said Julia Bascom, executive director of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network, who described the bill as “a slap in the face for the disability community.”

Source: Senate COVID-19 Relief Proposal Overlooks Disability Community, Advocates Say – Disability Scoop

 


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