During disasters or public health emergencies, people should not have to be concerned with their healthcare if they are forced to relocate or move. The focus should be on the individual’s safety, not on whether the person’s healthcare follows them to a new state. Loss of healthcare can mean institutionalization rather than living in the community. Allow people with disabilities to focus on their safety rather than worrying about whether their health care follows them!
The Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (S.3120/H.R.6029) would ensure that individuals eligible for Medicaid who are forced to relocate due to a disaster or public health emergency are able to continue to access their critical Medicaid supported services. The Act includes five specific provisions: (1) Provides uninterrupted access to Medicaid services when recipients must evacuate across state lines, increasing health maintenance and community living and preventing institutionalization during disasters or public health emergencies. (2) Helps states meet the needs of Relief-Eligible Survivors through a limited time one hundred percent federal match for displaced individuals. (3) Provides technical assistance and support to develop innovative state strategies to respond to an influx of out-of-state individuals. (4) Creates a grant to help states develop an emergency response corps to provide home and community-based services. (5) Guarantees that a 100 percent federal matching payment for medical assistance is provided to states in disaster and public health emergency areas.
Co-sponsor the Disaster Relief Medicaid Act to ensure individuals with disabilities who are forced to move out of state because of disasters are able to keep their critical Medicaid services.
The Disaster Relief Medicaid Act would ensure that individuals eligible for Medicaid who are forced to relocate due to a disaster or public health emergency are able to continue to access their critical Medicaid supported services.
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