UCP Central PA Advocates for the Independence, Full Citizenship, Development, and Support of Individuals with Disabilities

UCP of Central Pennsylvania is an advocate for federal and state legislation and initiatives that promote the independence, full citizenship, development, and support of people with disabilities.

Promoting Independence, Full Citizenship, Development and Support

To that end, we encourage site visitors to join us in advancing our efforts to secure equal and unhindered access to education, employment, transportation, public accommodations, and government services for individuals with disabilities and to support our cause on disability-related issues such as accessibility, equality, and inclusion. We seek meaningful reform through several avenues: legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy, and public awareness and education.

We direct your attention to the following action alerts

Funding is increased to cover increased use and trip costs. The 8.4% increase is larger than the Governor's original proposal.

Efforts to include this in the budget package failed. No decision has yet been made.

HB 1492. Introduced by Representative Gene DiGirolamo (R-Bucks). The bill would allow Pennsylvania to participate in the Medicaid expansion provided for in the Affordable Care Act. It includes protections for Pennsylvania including the ability to drop the program if the federal commitment to reimbursement is not maintained. The bill was referred to the House Human Services Committee on June 11, 2013. The Senate included Medicaid expansion in a bill that was part of the budget process, but the House removed the language.

State funding is increased by $19,867,000. This includes: 

  • $14 million for 380 people on the county emergency waiting list and who  require services immediately or within six  months;
  • $4.5 million for 700 graduates from special education programs; and
  • $1.4 million for 100 people who currently reside in a state Intellectual Disability Center. 

Neither an increase nor a decrease is provided for provider rates.

This line item includes funding for the Independence, OBRA and Commcare Waivers as well as specialized services in nursing homes. The line item would have received an additional $15,758,000 in state funds to serve an additional 1,280 people under the Governor’s proposal. The dollar amount of the increase was cut in half in the House budget. The final budget put $1.1 million back. This amounted to a $26 million (13.3%) increase in state funds in the final budget as compared to the 2012-13 budget.

The Attendant Care line item, which includes both the Attendant Care Waiver and Act 150, would have received an additional $4,125,000 to serve an additional 400 people under the Governor’s proposed budget. The increase was cut in half in the House budget. The final budget put back a small amount. In the final budget, the overall increase in state funds compared to last year is 4.8%.

We also collaborate with various local and state organizations

  • Policy Information Exchange (sponsored by the Developmental Disabilities Council)
  • Disability Rights Network
  • The ARC of Pennsylvania

We encourage you to contact your state and national legislators on issues of importance to you

  • Pennsylvania General Assembly
  • United States House of Representatives
  • United States Senate

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UCP Central PA
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TTY: 717.737.0158
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Fax: 717.975.3333

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