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The Arc Applauds House Passage of Health Care Reform Legislation
Date:3/22/2010

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  • Improving training of physicians, dentists and allied health professionals on how to treat persons with disabilities.
  • Requiring the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to collect data on beneficiaries with disabilities, access to primary care services and the level to which primary care service providers have been trained on disability issues.
  • Ensuring prevention programs include a focus on individuals with disabilities.
  • Long-Term Services and Supports
  • Increasing the federal share of Medicaid, known as the Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (or FMAP), for home and community-based services (HCBS) and during periods of economic downturn.
  • Allowing states to offer additional services under the 1915(i) Medicaid HCBS Waivers State Plan Option.
  • Providing spousal impoverishment protections for HCBS beneficiaries.
  • Strengthening long-term services and supports through a two-pronged approach:
1) Taking pressure off of the Medicaid program: The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act would create a national long-term services insurance program, which assists eligible individuals and their families to meet long-term needs with a cash benefit and without forcing them into poverty to receive Medicaid benefits.

2) Improving the Medicaid program: The Community First Choice Option would help to eliminate the institutional bias by encouraging states to cover personal attendant services under the state’s optional service plan instead of through
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