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State gets final federal approval of transition plan for compliance with home and community-based services rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has given final approval to Delaware’s Statewide Transition Plan for complying with the federal Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) final rule, which defines home and community-based settings for participants in Medicaid HCBS programs.

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Caregivers Act clears senate

The federal Recognize, Assist, Include, Support and Engage (RAISE) Family Caregivers Act, which would convene a family caregiving advisory council and carries bipartisan support, is gaining momentum. The bill passed the Senate and now goes to the House of Representatives.

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Truckers raise funds for Special Olympics Delaware

A record 243 truck drivers participated in the 2017 Delaware Truck Convoy hosted by Special Olympics, raising more than $61,000 for the organization.

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Congressional group prioritizing disability employment

Several members of the House of Representatives are launching the Bipartisan House Working Group on Employing People with Disabilities which will work to identify polices and regulations that could be established or tweaked to make it easier for individuals with disabilities to enter the workforce.

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Advocacy groups merge to tackle homelessness, lack of affordable housing

Two Delaware advocacy groups launch Housing Alliance Delaware to eliminate homelessness and find permanent housing for those in poverty, senior citizens and individuals with disabilities.