The Week in Public Policy - January 27 - 31, 2020

This Week in Public Policy provides a summary of policy and legislation in Ohio and at the federal level that is of interest to people with disabilities.

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In Ohio

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the House Aging and Long-Term Care Committee received a report from Professor Bob Applebaum about the projections of aging and long-term care needs in Ohio. Applebaum reported that the percentage increase in aging individuals living in the community has jumped from 10 percent in the early 1990s to 55 percent in 2017. Applebaum also reported that DSPs for aging services are experiencing staff turnover rates of close to 80 percent due to low wages and stressful work environments. LeadingAge provided the committee with policy recommendations which included strengthening community-based care by strengthening the workforce and housing models and using emerging technologies.

In Washington

On Thursday, January 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services sent a letter to all state Medicaid directors announcing the opportunity for states to participate in a demonstration many know as Medicaid Block Granting or Per-Capita Caps for Medicaid spending. The letter identifies the Health Adult Opportunity as the program under which states can seek to participate in Medicaid Block Grants or Per-Capita Caps for “certain populations”. The letter further stipulates that states cannot apply for block grants or per-capita limits for, “adults who qualify for Medicaid on a basis other than disability or need for long-term care services and supports and who are not covered under the state plan.”

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In Ohio

On Tuesday, February 4, 2020, the Sunset Review Committee will hear testimony from a number of boards and commissions, including the Citizen’s Advisory Council and the Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council. The hearing is scheduled to take place at 4:00 p.m. in Room 110 of the Ohio Statehouse.

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, the Senate General Government and Agency Review Committee will hold PROPONENT/INTERESTED PARTY Testimony on Senate Bill 246 (Occupational Licensing Reciprocity). The bill would require the occupational licensing authority to issue a license or government certification to an applicant who holds a license, government certification, private certification, or has satisfactory work experience in another state. The hearing will take place 3:15 p.m. in the North Hearing Room of the Ohio Senate Building.

In Washington

On Wednesday, February 5, 2020, the House Financial Services Committee, Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance will hold a hearing entitled, “A Future Without Public Housing? Examining the Trump Administrations Efforts to Eliminate Public Housing.” The hearing will take place at 2:00 p.m. in Room 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties will also hold a hearing entitled, “A Threat to America’s Children: The Trump Administration’s Proposal to Gut Fair Housing Accountability.” That hearing is scheduled to take place at 2:00 p.m. in Room 2154 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

Facts That May Only Interest Me:  P.T. (Phineas Taylor) Barnum was not just a circus operator, but was also a state legislator and also mayor of Bridgeport, Connecticut. Barnum helped to found the Bridgeport Hospital and designed the very cemetery he was buried in (Mountain Grove Cemetery). During his lifetime, his traveling circus was never partnered with the Ringling Brothers, who were actually a competitor. It wasn’t until after his death that the Ringling Brothers bought the Barnum and Bailey Circus in 1907, 16 years after Barnum’s death in 1891. The last performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus was May of 2017.