Public Policy Posts

Visit our DRW Public Policy page for general information about our Public Policy activity and our positions on disability-related issues.

Below you will find our most recent Public Policy posts:

2019 – 2021 Biennial Budget Priorities

Budget Priorities
Disability Rights Wisconsin asks policy makers to support the following priorities for Wisconsinites with disabilities in the 2019 – 2021 Biennial Budget. Check out our recommendations which address services for Children And Families, Education, Juvenile Justice/ Criminal Justice, Medicaid, Mental Health, Supported Employment, Transportation and Self Determination.
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Protect Immigrants with Disabilities – Your Voice Matters

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DRW Opposes Public Charge Rule Proposal On October 10, the US Department of Homeland Security announced a change to the “public charge” rule that would make it very difficult for immigrants with disabilities to legally enter the US. It is unfair, it is discriminatory, and it will hurt people with disabilities and their families. A “public charge” is someone who the government believes will be dependent on public benefits to meet their basic survival needs….
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ABLE Account Survey – Share Your Experience

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The ABLE Act was passed by Congress in 2014. ABLE accounts create a new option for some people with disabilities and their families to save for the future for specific expenses, while protecting eligibility for SSI, Medicaid, and other public benefits. The National Council on Disability (NCD) has been charged by Congress to provide recommendations on how to improve ABLE implementation. YOUR HELP NEEDED: We are asking individuals with disabilities and their families who may…
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Senator Baldwins Reforms to Protect Rights of Disabled Airline Passengers Pass Congress

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PRESS RELEASE By U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin worked to include a number of key measures from her Air Carrier Access Amendments Act in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 to protect the rights of disabled airplane passengers and close service gaps that passengers with disabilities frequently encounter in air travel. The reforms included in the legislation passed the House and the Senate and now head to the President…
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DRW Opposes Proposed Federal Effort to Relax Rule Aimed at Assuring Access to Medicaid services

As a disability advocacy organization, we are particularly concerned about how the proposed changes to the Access Rule at 42 CFR 447.203-204 would impact access to needed care for the thousands of people with disabilities who are covered by Medicaid in Wisconsin. We firmly believe that any source of health coverage must ensure access to timely, affordable and high-quality health care that meets the specific needs of people with disabilities; Medicaid is no exception. We urge…
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