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Public Policy Update

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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…

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…

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 – 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 July 15 to July 30. Congressional Update¬†‚Äď NEW!¬† The US Senate has¬†announced¬†their¬†new package of COVID-19 and economic relief,¬†the HEALS Act. The Senate began negotiations with the US House…