BIAA Joins Coalition Efforts On Key Disability Policy Issues

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Also this week, BIAA joined coalition efforts focused on several important policy issues impacting the disability community, including efforts to protect Medicaid, strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and formally comment on recently proposed rules concerning the Developmental Disabilities Act.

BIAA joined other advocacy organizations in signing on to one more letter urging Senate and House Democratic leadership to ensure that a comprehensive moratorium on seven harmful proposed Medicaid rules remains part of any supplemental war spending bill that is sent to the President. BIAA continues to strongly support the moratorium, as implementation of these proposed Medicaid rules would, among other harmful effects, restrict important access to rehabilitation services for many individuals with brain injury.

BIAA also signed on this week in support of a proposed deal on the ADA Restoration Act (ADARA) which has emerged in recent days. The drafted legislative language of this proposed deal on ADARA is aimed at restoring the intent and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and is supported by numerous other disability advocacy organizations, including the American Association of People with Disabilities and the National Disability Rights Network. BIAA will continue to monitor developments as this legislation progresses.

In addition, BIAA signed on to joint comments of the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities in response to proposed rules related to the Developmental Disabilities Act. The Comment Letter expresses several concerns regarding the proposed rules, including concern that these regulations were only recently published on April 10, 2008 - almost seven years after the 2000 Developmental Disabilities reauthorization bill mandated publication of these rules, and right in the middle of ongoing efforts to work on the 2008-2009 reauthorization.