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Important Federal Issues in the Spotlight for: Health Care, Medicaid, ESSA and IDEA

These fact sheets were created by the Autism Society and includes their legislative recommendations, requests and contact information.

HEALTH CARE ISSUE -  AFFORDABLE CARE ACT  (ACA)
The Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is a law that passed in 2010. While ACA is not perfect, it does include several key provisions that have made a difference in the lives of people with autism and other disabilities.
Affordable Care Act (ACA)

MEDICAID - LONG -TERM SUPPORTS AND SERVICES ISSUE
Medicaid provides health care services and long-term services and supports that maintain the health, function, independence, and well-being of 10 million enrollees living with disabilities and, often, their families. For many people with disabilities, their lives literally depend on being able to access needed health care. Block grants or per capita caps will inevitably cut what is already a lean program and force states to make service and eligibility cuts that put the health and wellbeing of people with disabilities at significant risk.
Long-Term Supports and Services Issue

EDUCATION ISSUE - EVERY STUDENT SUCCEEDS  ACT   (ESSA)  AND INDIVIDUALS  WITH DISABILITIES  EDUCATION ACT (IDEA)
Before the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), children with disabilities did not have a right to an education. Those with more extensive behavior support and academic instruction needs were least likely to be in a public school, but IDEA changed that.
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

FACT SHEET: AUTISM CAUCUS
In 2001, Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) and Mike Doyle (D-PA) founded  the first-ever Congressional Membership Organization dedicated to autism advocacy on Capitol Hill-The Coalition for Autism Research and Education (CARE). This is a bipartisan and bicameral effort.
Fact Sheet: Autism Caucus