ANCOR's 2017 Policy Priority Areas
We believe in upholding federal disability civil rights statutes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ACA), the Olmstead decision, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). We champion the full implementation and funding of these laws, and reject discriminatory acts and statements of about people regardless of disability.
We believe in strengthening Medicaid funded systems that promote community inclusion and provide a range of options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. We lead discussions on quality, advocate for adequate funding and oppose reductions in funding and eligibility for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
DSPs and Workforce
Direct Support Professionals are the backbone of the home and community based services system. In 2001, we launched the National Advocacy Campaign, through which we work to advance effective strategies to address the significant and mounting DSP workforce shortage by cultivating workforce growth, funding for adequate DSP wages and benefits, technology solutions and leadership succession to sustain the viability of Medicaid funded community supports.
We work to advance the opportunity for providers to have standing before, and access to, all branches of government, including executive, legislative and judicial, to ensure adequate and reasonable payments and provider qualifications for the services they provide. We seek to ensure that providers are involved as valued stakeholders at all levels of pertinent federal oversight and licensing procedures as well as implementation of any relevant federal regulations or statutes.
Federal Fiscal Policy
Funding of services for people with disabilities is a complex, and often times confusing, topic. ANCOR understands the intricacies of the financial systems that affect our providers, as well as the intricate relationship among federal agencies that promulgate regulations with competing priorities. ANCOR works closely with policymakers to advocate for sustainable funding models that will ensure the best possible outcomes for people with disabilities and the direct support professionals who support them.
People with disabilities rely on access to quality, affordable health care. People with significant disabilities may have more intensive health needs than the general population, and it is critical that our health care system is responsive to those needs. As states look at ways to manage costs and build efficiencies in their health care delivery systems, ANCOR works to ensure vital resources remain allocated to serve people with significant disabilities.