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POSTPONED: Day of Action for Direct Support Professional Wages

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POSTPONED: Day of Action for Direct Support Professional Wages

Please see this blog post for the rescheduled date. ————————————————– The Autism Society of North Carolina and a coalition of groups across Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD), aging, and home and community-based health services will be rallying at the General Assembly on May 19 in support of increased wages for direct support professionals (DSPs). NOTE,…

Policy Pulse Update

State Budget Update: There is still no budget legislation from the NC Senate. The budget process is moving slower than in previous years, however House and Senate leadership are said to be much closer to agreeing to a spending amount, so we hope to see a budget bill in the next two weeks. ‚ÄúCrossover‚ÄĚ Week…

Public Policy Update

Listen to our latest podcast about these policy developments.   Federal Actions¬† American Rescue¬†Act: Congress¬†passed an additional COVID and economic relief bill – the American Rescue Plan (ARP)¬†– in early¬†March.¬†The legislation¬†includes¬†a number of¬†items meant to address ongoing¬†problems related to the pandemic including¬†$1,400¬†stimulus¬†checks for many Americans¬†(including dependents and individuals with disabilities);¬†an extension of unemployment benefits;¬†additional funding…

Public Policy Update

Federal Actions¬† American Rescue Plan¬†Act:¬†Congress continues to debate the contents of the next round of Federal economic and pandemic related relief. The¬†US¬†House passed the¬†American Relief Act¬†on February¬†27¬†and the Senate Passed its version of the bill over the weekend of March¬†6-7. The legislation¬†includes¬†$1,400 checks for many Americans¬†(including dependents and individuals with disabilities), an extension of unemployment…

Public Policy Advocacy: What’s Ahead and How to Help

As an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, ASNC advocates for public policies that support people on the spectrum and monitors changes in our developmental disability and education systems. We work with policymakers at the General Assembly, state departments such as NC Department of Health and…

Public Policy Update

Safe Interactions Act and Health-services Emergency Logistics Program (HELP) Act introduced in Congress¬† U.S. Senator Bob Casey has launched an initiative to address racial justice and law enforcement interactions with¬†people with¬†disabilities, including autism.¬†Two bills have been introduced –¬†the Safe Interactions Act and the Human-services Emergency Logistic Program (HELP) Act – which are intended to provide…

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

Legislative Mini Session Wrap Up The North Carolina General Assembly (NCGA) returned to Raleigh on Wednesday, September 2 to allocate more than $900 million in federal Coronavirus money in a quick two-day process. Governor Cooper is widely expected to sign the bill; however, his office did note that they are still reviewing the legislation. Legislative…

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…