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Vaccine Priority Update

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Vaccine Priority Update

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced several updates regarding COVID-19 vaccine administration on March 2, 2021. Included in the updates are changes to the vaccination priority for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including autism. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, Deputy Secretary Dave Richard,…

Vaccine Priority for People with Autism

Increasing evidence is showing that people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) are at much higher risk for contracting COVID-19, for being hospitalized with the illness, and an increased mortality rate from the illness. A Johns Hopkins analysis of insurance data indicates people with IDD are three times more likely to die when infected with…

Setting the Record Straight: Medicaid Waivers, Medicaid Expansion, Medicaid Transformation

Note: The following is a primer on several issues happening at the same time in our Medicaid system. For background information on Medicaid as a whole, and how Medicaid works in North Carolina, please refer to the ‚ÄúMedicaid Basics‚ÄĚ information at the end of this post, content re-published from our public policy papers available on…

Public Policy Update – State and Federal News

Below is the Autism Society of North Carolina‚Äôs weekly update on policy changes and legislation related to local, state, and federal COVID-19 emergency orders. This post covers July 31 – August 20. Congressional Update Since our last update, Congress has not passed any new legislation regarding COVID-19 and/or economic relief. A compromise is needed between…

Public Policy Update

Below is the Autism Society of North Carolina‚Äôs weekly update on policy changes and legislation related to local, state, and federal COVID-19 emergency orders. This post covers June 3 – 15. For¬†ongoing updates¬†information, and help during the emergency,¬†please visit one of the¬†following sources:¬† NC COVID-19 page ¬† CDC COVID-19 page¬† News &Observer Coronavirus coverage¬†¬† NC…

Public Policy Update

Below is the Autism Society of North Carolina‚Äôs weekly update on policy changes and legislation related to local, state, and federal COVID-19 emergency orders. This post covers May 25 ‚Äď June 1. For ongoing updates, information, and help during the emergency, please visit one of the following sources:¬† NC COVID-19 page¬† CDC COVID-19 page¬† News…

Weekly Policy Update: COVID-19 Policy Changes

¬†This post covers April 29 ‚Äď May 5. ¬† COVID-19 Legislation¬†Passes, Signed by Governor The General Assembly has passed, and the Governor signed, the first COVID-19 bills, H1043 (Funding) and S704 (Policy) which make up the first package of relief to address COVID related issues across health care, education, state operations, and small business loan…

Weekly Policy Update: COVID-19 Policy Changes

Below is this week‚Äôs Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) weekly update on policy changes and legislation related to COVID-19, local, state, and federal emergency orders. We recommend the following sources for daily updates, information, and help: NC DHHS COVID-19 page CDC COVID-19 page (Raleigh) News &Observer coverage of COVID-19 (some of which is available…

Weekly Policy Update: COVID-19 Policy Changes

The¬†Autism¬†Society of¬†North¬†Carolina¬†will issue¬†weekly updates, including calls to action, on policy changes and legislation related to COVID-19, local, state, and federal emergency orders. For daily updates and information, we recommend the following sources:¬† NC DHHS COVID–19 page¬†¬† CDC COVID-19 page¬† (Raleigh) News &Observer¬†coverage of COVID-19 (which is available to the public without subscription)¬†¬† NC Council on…