ANCOR is the trusted representative of private providers before Congress, the White House, and federal regulatory agencies, and has been for nearly 50 years.
ANCOR’s strategic priorities are to influence responsible federal public policy to protect and promote quality services for people with disabilities, obtain resources to attract and retain a quality workforce, and shape, innovate and transition to the emerging environment of long-term services and supports including health care integration.
In line with these goals, the following set of principles were shaped by the ANCOR Government Relations Committee and approved by the ANCOR Board of Directors on February 8, 2017 and will guide ANCOR's government relations actions and advocacy this year.
ANCOR Public Policy Principles
I. Uphold federal disability civil rights statutes [e.g. the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Olmstead decision, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (DD Act), and the Rehabilitation Actand the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)]; champion the full implementation and funding of cost of compliance with these statutes; reject discriminatory acts and statements about people regardless of disability.
II. Strengthen Medicaid funded systems that promote community inclusion and provide a range of options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Lead discussions on quality; advocate for adequate funding necessary to ensure quality supports.
Oppose any reductions to Medicaid funding allocated to IDD and changes to IDD Medicaid eligibility that would cause reductions in eligibility.
III. Advance effective strategies that address the significant and mounting direct support professional workforce shortage.
This includes efforts aimed at cultivating workforce growth, funding for adequate DSP wages and benefits, technology solutions and leadership succession that sustain the viability of the Medicaid funded community supports, and other Medicaid funded systems into the future.
Design, lead and evaluate creative and innovative system and funding reform with the goal of a sustainable, quality system that supports a quality workforce.
IV. Advance the opportunity for providers to have standing before, and access to, all branches of government, including executive, legislative and judicial, to ensure adequate and reasonable payments and provider qualifications for the services they provide.
V. Ensure that providers are involved as valued stakeholders at all levels of pertinent federal oversight and licensing procedures as well as implementation of any relevant federal regulations or statutes.
Educate stakeholders on the meaningful difference providers make in the lives of people with disabilities as well as the value they bring to the Medicaid program and the communities they operate in.
Recognize and advance the critical role of the state and federal partnership of Medicaid through state association collaboration.