The Arc of Tennessee ®
The Arc Tennessee takes an active role in public policy at both the state and federal level. Through its advocacy and grassroots mobilization efforts, The Arc Tennessee helps to shape the system of services and supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
The Arc Tennessee tracks pertinent legislation on the Legislative Monitor page HERE.
To view The Arc Tennessee's Public Policy priorities for 2013, click HERE.
State Legislation and Other Information
For regular updates on the State of Tennessee legislative activities, visit the Tennessee General Assembly website.
The Arc Supports the TN Step Up Scholarship Bill
The DIDD Family Support Program Fully Funded
The Affordable Care Act is the “law of the land.” However, the Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion provision is optional for states. The Medicaid expansion provision allows a state to expand Medicaid (TennCare) to individuals up to 138% of poverty. At this time, Tennessee has not made a decision about taking advantage of the Medicaid expansion provision but will still be able to make that decision in the future. To learn how expanding TennCare could benefit Tennesseans, click HERE.
TennCare recently announced that it has pulled its proposal from CMS on Integrating Care for People who are Dually Eligible (TennCare Plus). TennCare expressed concerns with the overall implementation process of the proposals. For more information, please read the letter from Darin Gordon to CMS HERE.
Federal Legislation and Other Information
Legislators use Facebook and Twitter social media! Click HERE to download those contacts.
Don't Cut Our Lifeline!
Please continue to contact your elected officials and tell them, “Don’t Cut Our Lifeline!” Do not attempt to balance the budget on the backs of this country’s most vulnerable populations. To learn more, click HERE. To find your federal legislators, click HERE.
The US Supreme Court Upholds the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
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