State Representative Bill Reineke (R-Tiffin) yesterday voted to adopt House Concurrent Resolution 21, a bipartisan effort to push back against federal regulations impacting individuals with developmental disabilities.


“I am impressed by the leadership my colleagues in the House have shown as they champion the cause of those with developmental disabilities,” Rep. Reineke said. “In travels through my district as well as testimony I heard in Finance committee during the budget, I became aware of the difficult situations facing our citizens and their families. People in my district and across the state work hard to exercise their independence and maintain the highest possible quality of life. The last thing they need is the federal government reaching down from Washington and dictating how they should live their lives. I am proud to co-sponsor this resolution and push back against these burdensome regulations.“


Specifically, the resolution urges Congress to request the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to revise guidance on employment services such as sheltered workshops, training centers and facility-based day programs. Recent rule changes prevent individuals from using Home And Community Based Service Waivers to participate in the affected programs.


These programs offer environments specifically designed to provide individuals with developmental disabilities a safe place to work and earn an income. By making the services inaccessible through the HCBS waivers, the regulations effectively prevent the funding needed to run the operations, closing the very spaces individuals with developmental disabilities could maintain a job.


The resolution now goes to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.


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