CMS, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will soon be issuing guidance regarding how Medicaid funds can be used for employment. It’s very important that CMS hear from you! APSE members and all like-minded advocates need to ask CMS to fully support Employment First, with support for employment fully integrated in the general workforce as the first and preferred option in the use of Medicaid funds. Please take a few minutes and send a letter to CMS today – and share this Action Alert with others. It will make a real difference in the lives of people with disabilities!
APSE is pleased to let its members know that President Obama has just signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act, reauthorizing the Workforce Investment Act and Rehabilitation Act through 2020. Please see the attached bill summary – and stay tuned for further updates from APSE regarding the opportunities and impact of this new law!
WIOA – APSE Final Bill Summary (July 2014)
Comments are due this Thursday, July 17th regarding the rules for implementing President Obama’s February 2014 Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors to $10.10 per hour. Due to the advocacy efforts of APSE and other organizations, employees with disabilities who work for federal contractors were included within the Executive Order. But the work is not done!
Last month, Alaska Governor Sean Parnell signed House Bill 211, sponsored by Rep. Charisse Millett and Sen. Lesil McGuire, making Alaska an “Employment First” state to create more job opportunities for Alaskans with disabilities.
On Wednesday May 21, 2014, agreement on a bill to reauthorize the Workforce Investment Act (which includes the Rehabilitation Act) was announced by a key group of Democrats and Republican legislators in the Senate and House, led by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA).
Or Are Sheltered Workshops Cheaper to Operate?
In this economic climate, vocational programs for adults with disabilities have to compete for the limited funds available. In order to obtain these funds, service providers have to demonstrate the fiscal merits of their programs. CPSD Ruderman Fellow, Dr. Robert Cimera has developed an important Issue Brief utilizing several recent studies that have attempted to answer this question.