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When decisions are being discussed in the state and federal governments that affect the disability community, it’s vital to be informed and prepared. Regular meetings and collaboration with decision-makers at DDS, MRC, MassHealth and other administration officials, help ADDP and our members become heavily informed and influential on the issues affecting our community. Through our consistent communication with our members, issue-driven committees, professional development workshops, and work with expert consultants, ADDP is THE SOURCE for receiving news, information, and education on timely issues. 

Speaking on Monday, June 12, 2017, to over 100 ADDP members, Rep. Joe Kennedy, III, called upon advocates to enlist their friends in other states to find one more Republican Senator to oppose the Trump/Ryan American Health Care Act, in order to protect Medicaid programs from over $800 Billion in cuts. more
This training will provide an overview of the CHW role, certification and training programs as they relate to the new Adult Foster Care (AFC) regulations permitting the use of CHWs as regular team members. It highlights the unique activities performed by CHWs and at the same time underscores how similar the role is to existing AFC care manager teams. The training also provides practical... more
ADDP ACO-MCO Training Learn what to expect from an ACO operating since 2013 Wednesday, July 12.......Assumption College, Worcester Learn about a Minnesota-based ACO, Altair, that focuses on new care paths for people with disabilities. Discussing its new program examples and person experiences, attendees will hear how to balance person focus with fiscal responsibilities that providers face today... more
The 52 year old Medicaid program will end if the Trump/Ryan American Health Care Act (AHCA) passes the Senate, intact with a mostly unknown and not understood provision that seeks to end Medicaid eligibility standards, instead making Medicaid into a block grant program and reducing it by over $880 Billion over the next 10 years. Medicaid, known as MassHealth in Massachusetts, is the source of... more
TO SAVE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE, MEDICAID & DISABILITY SERVICES SUPPORTERS MUST MAKE VOICES HEARD The Boston Globe By Adrian Walker Globe Columnist May 08, 2017 As the Cabinet secretary who guided the implementation of Obamacare, Kathleen Sebelius has firsthand experience with health care legislation. She was in shock last week as she watched events unfold on Capitol Hill. "I just find it... more
Former HHS Secretary Warns Trump/Ryan Bill Cuts $890 Billion from Medicaid; ending 50 years of  health care and community supports for disabled, elderly and poor Speaking to an overflow crowd at the 2017 ADDP LEAD Annual Conference, former U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warned the passage of the Trump/Ryan health care bill has the potential to destroy... more
House Ways & Means Protects Disability Priorities DDS House One Budget Priorities Retained & AFC Rate Protected Disability Advocates are thrilled with the release of the FY 18 Budget by House Ways and Means.  The budget, prepared by House Ways and Means Chair Brian Dempsey and his Committee Members and Staff, concurs with the Governor's House One Budget on key line items including: more
Call For Nominations Interior Resources, a Gold Level Business Member of ADDP, is pleased to be offering their 6th annual IRCares Scholarship Grant to recognize the hard work and dedication of direct care workers and support level staff at nonprofit organizations.  Nominate someone you believe is worthy of recognition, reflection and reward for their contribution. more
House to Vote On Thursday For people with disabilities, elders and poor people, the Trump/Ryan/GOP effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act has the potential to deeply cut and severely diminish the very foundation of their ability to live and work in communities, not be in nursing homes or be able to have minimum health care in their lives. As the Trump/Ryan/GOP coalition tries to sell its ACA... more
Speaking out Makes a Difference! Speaking to over 250 members and guests of the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, including family members, provider agency directors, self advocates, legislators and friends, U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren called upon disability advocates to work hard every day to tell Members of Congress and the Trump Administration, why Medicaid is so critical... more