Advocating for rights of vulnerable populations
Our Disability & Special Populations policy practice advises state programs, health insurers, providers, and consumer groups on policy development, implementation, and advocacy strategy, related to disability and education legislation, including legislative representation to Congress and the Administration.
With a deep knowledge of the policy environment, stemming from our experience working with policymakers in Congress and the Executive branch, disability advocates, unions, and industry associations, our staff employs a population –based approach to address issues that impact vulnerable populations, including the disability and aging populations, and the providers that support them. In addition, our practice understands the need for accessible long-term services and support (LTSS/LTC), and we have worked to help individuals with disabilities and those who are aging continue to live at home and in their own communities.
Our federal legislative advocacy in this field has included the enactment of the landmark Mental Health Parity legislation, the previous two reauthorizations of the $2 billion Ryan White CARE Act, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, the current reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Ticket to Work Act and the Work Investment Opportunity Act.