Bill to Help Individuals with Disabilities Gain Independence

Last week, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA), together with Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), introduced the “Transition to Independence Act” (S. 1604), which as described in Senator Grassley’s press release, “would create a five-year, 10-state Medicaid demonstration program to give bonuses to states for helping individuals with disabilities achieve the goals of working and living in the community.  It would encourage coordination among those who provide health services, housing, education and workforce training, transportation and other support to people with disabilities to maximize the outcome for the individual.”  The National Council on Disability provided technical assistance in developing the bill, which has been endorsed by a number of disability organizations. A technical summary of the bill is available here. The bill text is availablehere.

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