Today, in a meeting with national disability groups, the President will announce a major new administrative action to expand Medicaid eligibility for people with disabilities and promote the use of home and community-based services and supports. He will also call on the Congress to refocus their priorities from excessive and unaccountable HMO payment increases and towards investments in coverage expansions for workers and children with disabilities, as well as new grants to help states expand alternatives to institutionalization. The proposed regulation invests $960 million over five years in a new option for states to expand Medicaid coverage for tens of thousands of people with disabilities, preventing them from having to become impoverished and allowing them to move from institutions into community based care settings.
THE NEED TO IMPROVE ACCESS TO HEALTH INSURANCE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES.
PRESIDENT CLINTON TAKES STRONG NEW ACTION TO EXPAND MEDICAID ELIGIBILITY FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. Today, President Clinton will announce new action to expand Medicaid eligibility for people with disabilities. The proposed regulation, which costs $960 million over 5 years, allows states to further "disregard" portions of an individual's income when determining their eligibility, such as the amount spent on food or shelter. States can use these broader rules to provide Medicaid coverage to people who would not otherwise be eligible, and move people from institutions into the community by allowing them to retain additional income to pay for food, clothing, and shelter. In addition, the broader rules can be used to encourage people to return to work or continue to work by ensuring that they will not lose their health insurance coverage if their income increases slightly.
URGES THE CONGRESS TO ACT NOW TO ADDRESS HEALTH CARE PRIORITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES. Today, the President will call on the Congress to refocus their priorities from excessive and unaccountable HMO payment increases and towards investments in coverage expansions for workers and children with disabilities, as well as new grants to help states expand home and community based services and supports. As part of this effort, he will urge the Congress to act now to address critical health care priorities for the disability community, including:
THE CLINTON-GORE ADMINISTRATION'S LONGSTANDING COMMITMENT TO WORKING ON BEHALF OF AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES. Throughout this Administration, President Clinton and Vice President Gore have worked hard to achieve the equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for people with disabilities. This Administration has vigorously defended the ADA in court cases across the Nation; collaborated with State Medicaid directors to implement the Supreme Court's 1999 Olmstead decision, which prohibits unjustified isolation of institutionalized persons with disabilities; helped ensure that 80 percent of America's public transit buses are now accessible; implemented the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act, which the President signed into law last December; and developed far-reaching policies for a comprehensive, coordinated employment agenda through the Task Force on Employment of Adults with Disabilities.
What's New Archives: 1994-1996
Presidential Webcast: Meeting the Challenge of Global Warming
President Clinton Joins International Religious and Domestic Aids Policy Leaders to Mark World Aids Day
Urging Congress to Keep its Commitment and Complete this Year's Education Budget
To Implement Title V of the Trade and Development Act of 2000 and to Modify the Generalized System of Preferences
Preserving America's Coral Reefs
Human Rights Day: The Eleanor Roosevelt Award and The Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Clinton Launches New Effort to Increase Immunization Rates Among Children
President Clinton and Vice President Gore: Restoring an American Natural Treasure
Progress in Efforts to Combat International Crime
President Clinton's New Markets Initiative: Revitalizing America's Underserved Communities
President Clinton, Vice President Gore, and Congressional Democrats Win a Landmark Budget
Announcing Welfare Reform Achievements and Budget Wins for America's Families
President Clinton Issues Strong New Consumer Protections to Ensure the Privacy of Medical Records
Enacting a Budget that Invests in Education, Health Care, and America'
President Clinton Appoints Roger Gregory to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
President Clinton Announces New Steps to Improve Nutrition and Education for Children in Developing Countries
The United States on Track to Pay Off the Debt by End of the Decade
President Clinton: Strengthening the Federal Government-University Research Partnership
Keeping the Heat and Lights On During Unusually Cold Weather
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