Thank you for your efforts to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. We recognize the public health emergency is evolving and unfolding. The purpose of this letter is to offer strategies to help high risk populations successfully self-isolate, prevent the spread of infection and ensure continuity of care. Additionally, it is essential to protect the businesses and workers who provide critical long-term care and other services. Continuity of Medicaid and vocational rehabilitation funding is essential to ensure that this workforce is sustained to continue to pay workers and retain a qualified workforce.
People with disabilities and older adults are at high risk as COVID-19 spreads across the country. This population faces a greater risk of complications and death if exposed to the outbreak. It is essential that they isolate themselves for protection. Critical in-home supports are needed so that people with disabilities may safely remain in their homes. Care in institutional or other congregate settings in violation of their rights and at risk to their health. Read full letter.