Democratic Senators Call for Disability Priorities in Fourth Coronavirus Response Package
United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), along with Senators Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), sent a letter urging House and Senate leadership to prioritize the needs of people with disabilities in the fourth coronavirus response package.
In their letter, the senators propose a $50 billion increase in funding for Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) programs, paid sick leave for people with disabilities and their caregivers, a boost in Medicaid funding, and emergency income relief. The letter also calls for a 12% FMAP boost and permanent reauthorization of Money Follows the person. They sent the letter to Senate Majority and Minority Leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).