The Arc Responds to Texas U.S. District Court Judge’s Ruling on the Affordable Care Act

The Arc Responds to Texas U.S. District Court Judge’s ruling that the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional: “This ruling by District Court Judge Reed O’Connor in Texas v. Azar is of great concern. To strike down the entirety of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) puts the health of millions at risk, but we know that […]

Mental Health Rift Brings Calley To The Table

Tension flares over workgroup reports, procedures By JAY GREENE Click Here to view Craine’s Article Tensions flared several weeks ago between mental health advocates and state officials over how to proceed in developing a crucial report to the Michigan Legislature on how best to fund $2.4 billion in Medicaid behavioral health dollars and integrate physical […]

Webinar: A Closer Look at the New ABLE Programs

ABLE National Resource Center August 4, 2016 / 2:00 – 3:30 PM Eastern Time ABLE National Resource Center With the recent launch of the Ohio, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Florida State ABLE programs, the ABLE National Resource Center (ANRC) would like to invite potential ABLE participants, their families, and all other ABLE stakeholders, to attend a […]

The Arc Michigan 2019 Advocacy Priorities

                        Waiver Renewals Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) must find alternatives to their unsuccessful attempt to utilize an overarching 1115 Waivers to replace existing unrenewable waivers. The Arc Michigan will need to follow this work and monitor the Department’s efforts to […]

Trump Administration 2019 Budget Request: Old Ideas and Big Cuts

Today, the Trump Administration released a budget request that if passed by Congress, would put the lives of people with disabilities at risk. The proposal includes deep cuts to Medicaid, the core program providing access to health care and home and community-based services for people with disabilities. The cuts come in the same form as […]

SSA 2019 Cost of Living Adjustment

  EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2019, SSI RATES ARE ESTABLISHED AS FOLLOWS:             LIVING SITUATIONS FEDERAL STATE TOTAL Household of Another $514.00 $ 9.33* $523.33 Sharing/Independent $771.00 $14.00* $785.00 Personal Care/AFC $771.00 $157.50 $928.50 COUPLE-House of Another $771.34 $13.96* $785.30 COUPLE-Independent $1,157.00 $21.00* $1,178.00   ******************************************************************************   *The payment of the […]

Our Hearts Are Heavy: A Statement on the Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

A statement from The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, known as ACHIEVA, on the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue this weekend. Two of their clients, Cecil and David Rosenthal were victims of the attack. On behalf of the Board of Directors and Staff of The Arc, we offer our most heartfelt sympathy to the entire ACHIEVA family on […]

Advocacy Alert! ~ Caregiver Staffing Crisis

ADVOCACY ALERT! THE ISSUE: CAREGIVER STAFFING CRISIS. People with developmental disabilities or mental illness rely on direct care workers for essential supports which enable them to access their community, work, and live full, meaningful lives. Inadequate wages have created a critical direct care shortage. Turnover rates average 37%. Some providers have been forced to discontinue […]

The Arc Responds to Appointment of Judge Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court

  Today, The Arc responded to Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the United States Supreme Court. In August, The Arc came out in opposition to Judge Kavanaugh’s appointment to the highest court based on his decisions on cases involving self-determination of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), education, employment, and his stances on the […]

Liberati Bill Prohibits Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities

Liberati Bill Prohibits Subminimum Wage for Workers with Disabilities Thursday, February 15, 2018 LANSING — State Rep. Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park)  introduced House Bill 5587 today prohibiting employers from paying an employee with a disability less than the minimum wage. Current state law allow employers to pay a subminimum wage to employees with disabilities. Liberati’s bill would […]