This Week in Public Policy: May 13 - 17, 2019

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 Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the Senate Finance Health and Medicaid Subcommittee held ALL Testimony on the budgets for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities Agency, and the Ohio Department of Health. There were 32 witnesses testifying on the budget, including:

On Thursday, May 16, 2019, the Senate Finance Health and Medicaid Subcommittee will held ALL Testimony on the state budget (House Bill 166). There were more than 90 witnesses who testified or submitted written testimony. Individuals testifying on matters pertaining to disabilities included:

Almost all of the witness testified in support of the increase in wages for DSPs. There were many witnesses who testified on the issue of Non-Medical Transportation, and multiple witnesses testified in support of the Informed Choice amendment that was included as part of the House-version of the budget. Lastly, there were witnesses that sought to keep language related to the state’s protection and advocacy organization and there were witnesses that sought to remove the language that was added by the House of Representatives.

In Washington

On Tuesday, May 14, 2019, the House Appropriations Committee recommended that efforts to make Nonemergency Medical Transportation an optional Medicaid service be delayed and ordered the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to commission a study to examine the impact any policy that reduced Nonemergency Medical Transportation would have on individuals with chronic diseases. 


NEXT Week in Public Policy: May 20 - 24, 2019

In Ohio

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the Senate Finance Committee will hear reports from each of the Finance Subcommittee’s regarding the budget. The hearing will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the Senate Finance Hearing Room. The Finance Committee has also scheduled public testimony for Tuesday, May 28th at 10:00 for all health, human services and Medicaid agencies. The committee is hoping to have a substitute bill available by then.

In Washington

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the House Financial Services Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Housing in America: Oversight of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.” The hearing will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Room 2128 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2019, the House Education and Labor Committee will hold a hearing entitled, “Eliminating Barriers to Employment: Opening Doors to Opportunity.” Witnesses have not been announced. The hearing will take place at 10:15 a.m. in Room 2175 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

On Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing to examine aging and disability in the 21st century, focusing on how technology can help maintain health and quality of life. Witness scheduled to testify include Joseph Coughlin, PhD, Director MIT AgeLab, Cara McCarty, Curatorial Director at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, Brenda Gallant, executive director of the Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program, and Bob Mecca, executive director of Life and Independence for Today (LIFT). The hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. in Room 562 of the Dirksen Building.