Survival Coalition Wisconsin

The Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations is a cross-disability coalition of more than 40 state and local organizations and groups. For more than 20 years, Survival has been focused on changing and improving policies and practices that support people with disabilities of all ages to be full participants in community life.

Updates

Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations Says Legislature’s COVID-19 Response Helps; Is not Enough

Members of the Survival Coalition of Wisconsin Disability Organizations reacted today to the legislature’s COVID-19 response bill with both gratitude and concern about the ability to meet future needs. Wisconsin is already far behind the actions of at least 44 other states who have moved critical COVID-19 plans forward for federal approval and several others whose state legislatures committed considerable state funding to address the emergency. Wisconsin did not. Read Press Release.

Survival Coalition Action Alert: Tell policymakers state COVID-19 legislation must address needs of people with disabilities

The state legislature may reconvene as early as Tuesday April 14th to pass COVID-19 legislation. It is critical that this bill reflect the needs and priorities of people with disabilities and older adults.

Please distribute Survival Coalition’s action alert to your member’s and social media networks immediately with a call to action.

While the exact legislative language has not been released yet, last Friday Survival Coalition reviewed the Legislative Summary of the COVID-19 response bill, and sent a letter to legislative leaders with questions and recommendations.  See Recommendations.

 

Survival Coalition Press Release: State COVID-19 legislation must reflect needs of people with disabilities

(MADISON) – State lawmakers may take up legislation as soon as Tuesday to respond to the COVID-19 crisis. It is important that the needs of people with disabilities are reflected in COVID-19 decisions and funding.

Survival Coalition reviewed the Legislative Summary of the COVID-19 response bill, and sent a letter to legislative leaders with questions and recommendations. Read full Press Release.

Survival Coalition: analysis of COVID legislative proposal and needs of disability community

Survival Coalition provided COVID-19 response recommendations in its March 18th, March 31st, and April 2nd letters. Survival Coalition has reviewed the Legislative Summary of the COVID-19 response bill that has been released and writes to request clarification on parts of the proposal.

We appreciate the inclusion of waiver flexibilities for hardship or supplemental payments to retain home and community-based services (HCBS) providers, relaxing certain prescription drug refill restrictions, and authority for DHS to temporarily suspend certain requirements in the 1115 BadgerCare waiver, which we understand will enable the state to receive additional federal dollars as authorized under the Federal CARES act. Survival Coalition notes the inclusion of several waiver flexibilities specifically requested. Read full letter.

Survival comments on , the Governor’s summary of a second legislative COVID-19 response package.

On Wednesday April 2nd, the Governor released a summary of a second legislative COVID-19 response package. Survival Coalition writes to urge the Legislature to respond rapidly to address the needs of the 85,000 people with disabilities and older adults in Wisconsin’s Home and Community Based long-term care system (Family Care, IRIS, CLTS).

Flexibility to respond to the evolving COVID-19 crisis now is essential. The workforce needs assurances of protective equipment and hazard pay to continue supporting people in their homes where they are safest and reduce pressure on the medical system. The home and community-based (HCBS) small businesses in Wisconsin’s provider network need assistance now and going forward to remain afloat during and after the COVID-19 crisis. Many small businesses reimbursed by Medicaid for HCBS services have already closed offices for the safety of their clients and have been forced to lay off workers with specialty expertise working with people with disabilities or older adults. Read Full Letter.

Survival Coalition sends letter to Governor Evers and key leadership on efforts to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dear Governor Evers, Senators Fitzgerald and Shilling, Representatives Vos and Hintz:

Thank you for your efforts to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On March 18th, Survival Coalition sent a letter recommending state actions to help high-risk populations self-isolate, prevent spread of COVID-19, ensure critical long term care and other services are able to continue and ensure home and community-based providers and workers are sustained through this crisis. As of today, 41 states have had 1135 waivers approved, and many states have already applied for 1915(c) Appendix K waivers to respond to COVID-19 crisis. Read full letter.