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Foley Hoag’s 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.

Our policy advisors and attorneys employ a population-based approach in addressing issues that affect vulnerable populations. Representative engagements include policy development and regulatory issues pertaining to Medicaid Managed Care, Long Term Services and Supports, Disability Employment issues, Special Education and Early Childhood issues, Mental Health, including Alcohol and Substance Use Disorders, and HIV/AIDS, among others.

One of the next major policy challenges in healthcare will be addressing the need for a sustainable, accessible long term services and supports (LTSS/LTC) system that promotes individuals to live at home and in the community, particularly in rural communities.  With a deep knowledge of the policy environment, stemming from our experience working with disability advocates, unions, and industry associations, our staff are dedicated to addressing long-term service and support needs for the disability and aging populations, and the providers that support them.

Our federal legislative advocacy in this field has included the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports (CLASS) Act, enactment of the landmark Mental Health Parity legislation, the previous two reauthorizations of the $2 billion Ryan White CARE Act, the current reauthorization of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Ticket to Work Act, and the Work Investment Opportunity Act.  We continue to work with our clients on the implementation of these laws.