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N.Y. Sen. Schumer Introduces Disability Integration Act

January 28, 2016

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) has introduced the Disability Integration Act (DIA), which seeks to build upon the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Olmstead decision by creating enforceable and measurable objectives to transition individuals out of institutions and into the most integrated community setting.

If passed, DIA would require states to create an implementation plan to transition Medicaid enrollees into the most inclusive setting. States and the federal government would also have to collect data and annually release reports on DIA implementation and related measures.

Further, DIA would prohibit the:

  • Implementation of a cap on related services or costs;
  • Failure to provide a service or support that is needed to live in a more integrated setting;
  • Creation of any requirement to receive services or supports in a disability-specific setting;
  • Utilization of wait lists or other measures that delay access;
  • Establishment of inadequate rates or other payment structures that prevent the availability of a sufficient workforce to meet DIA goals; and
  • Requirement to use informal supports.

The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions.

— by Allison Cook, PHI New York Policy Associate

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