Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Provisions For Americans With Disabilities Included in Stimulus Bill

This February 16, 2009, Presidents Day; the final version of the Stimulus Bill is expected to be complete and ready for President Obama’s signature. The Stimulus Bill is intended to give the economy a boost and increase job availability. In the latest draft, the stimulus bill includes several features that apply to people with disabilities.

Here is a list of some of the provisions as listed on the legislation page:

• Allocates $500 million to states for Vocational Rehabilitation grants to help people with disabilities prepare for gainful employment;
• Provides an immediate, temporary increase of $450 in individual Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits ($650 per couple) for 7.5 million seniors and people with disabilities;
• Allocates $7.5 billion for repairing public housing and making energy efficiency upgrades to Housing and Urban Development (HUD) -assisted housing, including a new program to improve emergency efficiency -- with new insulation, windows, and furnaces -- in low-income housing for disadvantaged groups, such as seniors and people with disabilities;
• Sets aside $13 billion in grants for schools for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, increasing the federal government's share of the costs of the special education law to 27 percent -- higher than at any time since the IDEA became law more than three decades ago;

• Provides $600 million to states to assist in making IDEA services available to children with disabilities who are two years of age or younger and their families; and

• Protects Medicaid health care coverage for millions of Americans, by providing an estimated $87 billion in additional federal matching funds over a two-year period to help states maintain their Medicaid programs in the face of massive state budget shortfalls. This could help offset cuts in 39 or more states that are facing budget shortfalls

Several changes are likely to happen before the bill finally becomes law.

2 comments:

Sally said...

thanks for this posting- I have been looking for this information- I also love the rest of your postings on this blog and hope to see it grow-

back in the day.... at least it seems like forever ago, I was a very passionate Hillary supporter- took me a while to get excited about Oboma but by the time I voted for him, I was pretty much hooked on the positive changes coming-

I am bathed in relief that it feels like we have thinking, smart people trying to move us forward- I wholeheartedly support the theory of the stmulous, but am uneasy because I don't feel like I really understand how it is going to positively affect our situation overall - so, when somebody can point out very concrete specific reasons that it is a good thing, I am very appreciative- thanks so much-
sally

Jesilyn Tolson "Daugherty" said...

"E" hunny... call me we need to discuss this further. You should know by now that I'm a little short on the politics thing. But I need to know how this may or may not effect Dyl and Keith.