Since 1955, The Arc of the Mid Ohio Valley has been dedicated to ensuring a satisfying and productive life for children and adults with intellectual, cognitive, and related developmental disabilities by providing programs and services that enable, empower, and encourage them to live, learn, work, worship, and play in their community….along with their peers and neighbors!

Title XIX I/DD Waiver Update


 

Class Certification Granted

Class certification has been granted in the Medicaid Waiver case filed by Mountain State Justice against WVDHHR due to the cuts implemented in December of 2015 and before. The Court ruled that MSJ can seek relief for all 4000+ people on I/DD waiver services in West Virginia at the same time. The Court has not yet made a decision on whether to restore benefits to everyone while the case progressed, but this is a great step toward getting these families the services they need and deserve, said Mountain State Justice..

In mid September, Judge Thomas E. Johnston granted relief to the five named plaintiffs in our Medicaid I/DD Waiver Case against the WV DHHR which restored those families back to the funding level they received under the I/DD waiver program in 2014.

The Court explained: “Plaintiffs have a high likelihood of success in demonstrating that these budget determinations by APS present a serious risk of resulting in erroneous determinations and deprivations of Plaintiffs’ property interest in their benefits.”

 

If you would like to read the entire order, Click Here

Legislative Advocacy


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Budget & Appropriations/Prevention – President Signs Short Term FY 2017 Federal Spending BillLast week, the House and Senate passed a Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 spending bill that runs through December 9. President Obama signed the measure into law shortly afterwards, only two days before the start of FY 2017. The measure advanced after several controversial policy riders were removed and emergency supplemental funding was provided to address the Louisiana flooding and the Flint, Michigan lead water crisis. This bill provides slightly less-than-level funding to most federal agencies and provides new funding to address the Zika virus. Key elements include:

  • An across-the-board cut of about 0.5 percent from FY 2016 levels to comply with the spending caps set by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015. This cut would apply to all discretionary disability-related programs such as education, housing, employment, and transportation.
  • $1.1 billion in emergency funding for the Zika response, about $400 million of which is offset with funding that has not been spent (such as unused funding for Affordable Care Act exchanges in territories). Read The Arc’s statement on the passage of the Zika funding bill.

Upcoming Events


People First Teleconference

April 13, 2017
People are invited to call in at 10:00 am to participate in the discussion about the latest issues regarding People First across West Virginia. Another call is held at 4:00 pm for people who cannot be on this call.

Call 1-888-296-6828 then at the prompt enter PIN: 361954#

Make It Happen Day

April 13, 2017
People volunteer at The Arc office and other locations for various projects.

People First Teleconference

April 13, 2017
People are invited to call in at 4:00 pm to participate in the discussion about the latest issues regarding People First across West Virginia. Another call is held at 10:00 am for people who cannot be on this call.

Call 1-888-296-6828 then at the prompt enter PIN: 361954#

People First Youth Chapter Meeting

April 13, 2017

People First Teleconference

May 11, 2017
People are invited to call in at 10:00 am to participate in the discussion about the latest issues regarding People First across West Virginia. Another call is held at 4:00 pm for people who cannot be on this call.

Call 1-888-296-6828 then at the prompt enter PIN: 361954#

Program Updates


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