The Crisis is at Hand for Developmental Disability Services!
April 20, 2018
Yesterday the Louisiana House of Representatives approved House Bill 1 (the proposed budget). House Bill 1 will now be sent to the Senate Finance Committee. Please contact your senator and ask them to oppose House Bill 1. because it does not adequately fund disability services.
There are two main problems with House Bill 1:
1. HB 1 eliminates services for all those with developmental disabilities whose income is over $750 a month. This means that more than half of the people who are currently receiving services will no longer be eligible for services.
2. HB 1 does not contain enough money to fully fund the current services! Waiver providers, case management providers, and community home providers received several rate cuts over the past 10 years, but those cuts were never restored. In addition, community home rates are supposed to be rebased every three years but the rates haven't been rebased since 2008.
Call today! Ask your Senator to SAVE OUR SERVICES. They can save our services if they:
1. Add $40 million to the budget to RESTORE AND REBASE!
2. Continue allowing the "special income limit."
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