Biden’s budget includes boost to disability services

With his $6 trillion budget, President Joe Biden is cementing his resolve to significantly expand the nation’s investment in home and community-based services for people with disabilities. Biden’s request to Congress, which was released late last week, includes $400 billion in extra funding for services allowing people with disabilities and older adults to live in the community as opposed to nursing homes and other institutional settings.

The spending proposal represents Biden’s wish list for Congress as lawmakers consider the federal budget for the 2022 fiscal year, which begins in October.

Biden originally called for the increase for home and community-based services as part of his American Jobs Plan, which was unveiled earlier this year. He said the money would be used to help people who have been on waiting lists access Medicaid supports in the community while also strengthening the workforce of direct support professionals who provide services. But, that proposal has faced opposition from Republicans who don’t believe that such services fit within an infrastructure bill.