Children's Services


This morning the White House released their skinny budget. We wanted to call your attention to this specific provision on page 13:

Enables Older Americans and People with Disabilities to Live Independently in Their Communities. The discretionary request builds on significant investments provided in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 by providing additional resources for the Administration for Community Living to help older adults and people with disabilities maximize their independence and well-being. The discretionary request provides relief to caregivers and families, including $551 million for home and community-based services, doubles funding for the Lifespan Respite Care program, increases resources for meal programs for older Americans, and expands services for individuals with disabilities.

You can read both the Discretionary Request and the Press Release.

Shannon McCracken
Vice President of Government Relations

This is a notice of an upcoming Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) public meeting scheduled for Friday, April 23, 2021, from 1:00 pm–2:30 pm. During the public meeting, the Department of Human Services will provide EVV implementation updates and address some of the frequently asked questions.

To register to attend, please visit the EVV Public Meetings Registration site. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Initiative will inform future policy, programs, funding opportunities

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Labor announced today that, beginning April 12, it will open a two-week national online dialogue to gather ideas for ensuring equity in employment policies and programs for people with disabilities from historically underserved communities. Those seeking to participate should register at RacialEquity.ideascale.com.

The department will use input received between April 12 and April 26 to help identify strategies for dismantling systemic barriers to employment and participation in workforce services that people with disabilities from diverse backgrounds, communities and identities face. This group includes communities of color, religious minorities, LGBTQ+ persons, rural communities and those otherwise affected by persistent poverty or inequality.

For more information, please visit this website.

Donna Martin
American Network of Community Options and Resources
Alexandria VA

Eleven years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the American Rescue Plan, passed last month in Congress, is the boldest expansion of health care in a decade. It will lower health care costs and expand access to healthcare coverage in a variety of ways.

We’re very excited to announce an opportunity to hear from Senator Bob Casey, PA Insurance Commissioner Jessica Altman, and Pennie Director Zach Sherman about how the American Rescue Plan will make healthcare more affordable for Pennsylvanians.

Join us for a Virtual Town Hall on Friday April 16th at 12pm to get your questions answered about the American Rescue Plan and its impact on healthcare. Register by clicking the button below and to receive the link to join the Town Hall.

Register Here

PA Health Access Network
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102