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Build Back Better Legislation Passes in the House, Bringing Support for People with Disabilities, Communities, Children and Youth, and More

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Build Back Better Legislation Passes in the House, Bringing Support for People with Disabilities, Communities, Children and Youth, and More

The Build Back Better legislation can improve the lives many different groups and communities, including through support of individuals with disabilities of all ages and their families to complete their education, enter and succeed in postsecondary education, find competitive wage jobs, sustain careers, and receive appropriate levels of healthcare and services.

Highlights of the Bill and the provisions that will improve the quality of life for communities, families, and people with disabilities include:

Home and Community-Based Services

  • $150 billion over 10 years for home and community-based services (HCBS) to eliminate waiting lists for services and bolster pay for direct care workers
  • Making the Money Follows the Person program permanent to help people with disabilities who want to leave congregate care and transition to live in their own home and community with supportive services

Education and Child Care

  • $390 billion investment in universal pre-school for all 3- and 4-year-olds
  • $160 million investment in IDEA Part D (legislation that ensures students with disabilities are provided with free, appropriate, tailored education) to help develop personnel working with students with disabilities
  • $25 million investment for behavioral health needs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities
  • Families earning up to 250% of the state median income will not have to pay more than 7% of their income on childcare
  • States will need to create plans that prioritize increasing access to inclusive childcare and pre-school programs for children with disabilities

Housing

  • $150 billion investment in affordable housing supports, including funding for vouchers, rental assistance, and other public housing improvements
    • The proposed funding for new vouchers is estimated to help 138,000 people with disabilities receive affordable, accessible housing
  • The proposal also includes a $100 million investment in the Section 811 and 202 programs for people with disabilities and seniors to provide rental assistance to create more supportive housing

Paid Leave

  • 4 weeks of guaranteed paid and medical leave for all workers, which will help people with disabilities take time off for medical reasons and will help family members to provide care for a loved one without risk of losing their job

Child Tax Credit

  • Extending the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which provides more than 35 million households up to $3,600 per year in tax cuts per child; the proposed legislation will extend this program for the year of 2022, providing payments to nearly 90% of American children
    • The legislation includes permanent refundability for the CTC, meaning that the neediest families will continue to receive the full CTC over the long run

Earned Income Tax Credit

  • Extending the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for around 17 million low-wage workers, which will help low-wage childless workers, many with disabilities, who have previously been taxed into deeper poverty

SSI Reforms

  • Extend SSI to residents of Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories, which would finally eliminate a critical gap in SSI coverage and provide access to SSI for hundreds of thousands of US citizens with disabilities who live in U.S. territories

Other Disability Policy Proposals

  • Disability employment supports, including funding for pre-apprenticeship programs and funding to businesses and organizations that are working to phase out programs that pay people with disabilities sub-minimum wage
  • Administration for Community Living grants to help expand community mental and behavioral health programs
  • Funding for projects to upgrade the accessibility of public transportation services

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