This week, Democrats continued to lay groundwork for an economic stimulus bill to be considered soon after the new Congress convenes.
The House Appropriations Committee held a hearing on the anticipated economic recovery bill, which Democratic leaders intend to introduce in January. The hearing featured a number of governors, who made the case for increased aid to states to be included in such a stimulus bill.
Specifically, in recent weeks, governors have asked for increased federal funding for Medicaid, infrastructure projects, unemployment insurance and food stamps.
In regards to increased Medicaid funding, BIAA supports a Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities letter sent this week to Congressional leaders. The letter urges the inclusion of a significant increase in the Medicaid Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) in the anticipated economic stimulus legislation. The letter urges that at a minimum, an economic stimulus package include $40 billion in additional Medicaid funding over two years, and that part of this funding be targeted towards expanding Medicaid home and community based services.