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TAKE ACTION: Support Home and Community Based Services Funding

Friday, April 1, 2022

The Iowa Legislature decides how to spend your state tax dollars.  The US Congress decides how to spend your federal tax dollars.  Both the Iowa Legislature and the US Congress are thinking about giving big increases to support people with disabilities in the community, provide more opportunities for employment, and pay those that provide this support better.  That's really exciting news, but it will take advocacy for this to actually happen.  

Imagine if you send both your state legislators and your federal representatives a message of support - and they both increase funding!  We can do this - but we need people take action.


For US Senators & US Representatives:

  • The President has asked for more money in his Build Back Better Act for HCBS services and supports.
  • More money means more pay for staff, and hopefully they stay longer.
  • More money also helps providers offer more types of services.
  • Taking people off waiting lists lets more people get the services they need.
  • Whatever new plan takes the place of the Build Back Better Act, make sure it includes these important increases to support community living.


For State Representatives & Senators:

  • The State House budget includes more than $25 million to help support people with disabilities in their homes and communities, rather than institutions.
  • More money means more pay for staff, and hopefully they stay longer.
  • More money also helps providers offer more types of services.
  • Taking people off waiting lists lets more people get the services they need.
  • Ask your state Senators to support the House budget and give people more options to live and work in their homes and communities.

 



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