The Arc Condemns the Department of Health and Human Services Releasing a Final Rule Weakening the Nondiscrimination Protections of the Affordable Care Act

This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will issue a final rule that strips important protections of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and limits access to health care coverage. The Arc is deeply troubled that HHS has chosen to issue a final rule weakening the nondiscrimination protections in health care, particularly […]

State and National Groups File Federal Complaint Against Nebraska For Inaccessibility of COVID-19 Testing Program

Lincoln, NE – Today, The Arc of the United States, Disability Rights Nebraska, and Center for Public Representation filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights over the State of Nebraska’s ongoing failure to provide access for Nebraskans with disabilities to TestNebraska. The State’s COVID-19 testing program […]

Protecting Medicaid: Why the Oklahoma Waiver Proposal Is a Threat

What is happening in Oklahoma? Oklahoma is proposing to be the first state to implement a block grant or per capita cap based on the Center for Medicaid Services’ (CMS) recent guidance. The state planned to expand Medicaid by submitting a proposal to CMS, however the State legislature has not funded the expansion. There is […]

Sibling Perspectives: Helping My Sibling with a Disability Navigate COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to leave us all navigating a very uncertain and disruptive moment in our world. However, the pandemic has presented uniquely challenging experiences for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their family caregivers. Caitie Jones and Cameron Kell are members of The Arc’s National Sibling Council and share how they […]

Federal Civil Rights Resolution Makes Clear Hospital Visitor Policies Nationwide Must Accommodate Patients with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in response to the first federal complaint challenging discriminatory hospital “no-visitor” policies, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services announced a resolution making clear that federal law requires hospitals and the state agencies overseeing them to modify policies to ensure patients with disabilities […]

House Passes COVID-19 Relief Bill that Helps People with Disabilities, Families, and Support Staff; Now the Senate Must Act

Today, the House of Representatives passed a COVID-19 relief bill that finally includes many elements that will provide critical assistance to people with disabilities, their families and the direct support workforce during this pandemic. “This is an acute crisis for people with disabilities, their families, and support staff across the country. And this response legislation […]

High Risk, Infected and Dying of COVID-19 – But Who Is Counting?

By Nicole Jorwic, Senior Director of Public Policy At an institution in Denton, Texas, where 400 people with disabilities live, 54 have COVID-19, and 50 employees are infected. At a state run facility in Danvers, Massachusetts, 40% of residents are infected, plus 55 nurses who work at the facility. In Illinois, two institutions are experiencing […]

Over 30 Groups File Amicus Brief in Wisconsin Regarding Heightened COVID-19 Risks to People with Disabilities & Older Adults

The Arc, The Arc Wisconsin, and over thirty Wisconsin and national disability and aging advocacy organizations, represented by the law firm Munger Tolles & Olson, have filed an amicus brief with the Wisconsin Supreme Court explaining the significantly heightened risks to people with disabilities and older adults of experiencing life-threatening consequences from COVID-19. These heightened […]