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 […]

The Arc Responds to Three Month Extension of Money Follows the Person Passing Congress

Last week, the Medicaid Extenders Act of 2019 was signed by President Trump. A three-month funding extension for Money Follows the Person (MFP) was included in this bill. This program moves people with disabilities from institutions into the community by paying for programs not normally covered by Medicaid such as employment and housing services. “Passage […]

The Arc Responds to Department of Education Announcement on Restraint and Seclusion

Today, in response to the U.S. Department of Education’s announcement of an initiative to address the inappropriate use of restraint and seclusion on students with disabilities, Julie Ward, The Arc’s Senior Executive Officer for Public Policy, issued the following statement: “The Arc appreciates the Department’s new effort to protect students with disabilities from the harmful […]

scam alert

New SSA Phone Scam

    There’s a new phone scam targeting Social Security beneficiaries that advocates for older adults should be aware of. The Federal Trade Commission is warning that scammers are engaging in a caller ID trick called “spoofing” to make it appear that they are calling from the Social Security Administration (SSA).  These phony callers claim […]

Cost of living adjustment

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

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 […]

A Call To Action for Medicaid

The FY19 budget process is moving fast and legislators are hoping to wrap up work on next year’s budget by the end of the month. In the Senate passed FY19 DHHS budget, language resurfaced that would allow the Medicaid health plans in the pilot regions to contract with any vendor they choose and work around the CMHs […]