Medicaid is critical for people with IDD and their families — providing benefits, supports, and civil rights protections that help make community living possible — and it is a top priority for The Arc.
Our Policy Goals
The Arc’s Public Policy Goals include many recommendations on how to protect, strengthen, and expand Medicaid to better meet the needs of people with IDD. We believe in maintaining individual entitlement to a full range of Medicaid health and long term supports and services (LTSS) for all eligible children and adults with disabilities regardless of employment status, time limits, or other caps. We oppose Medicaid deconstruction or any moves to provide states with flexibility that eliminates basic protections for eligible individuals. We also oppose the imposition of entitlement caps, Medicaid block grants, per capita caps, allocations, allotments, limiting provider taxes, and other proposals that shift costs to states or other mechanisms that cause reductions in eligibility, services, or protections.
Our Coalition Work
The CCD LTSS Task Force, which The Arc co-chairs, works with Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services to support expansion of LTSS and oppose efforts to repeal, weaken, or block implementation of relevant LTSS provisions.