September 15, 2020

Hopes Fade For Coronavirus Relief For People With Disabilities

By Michelle Diament

Another round of stimulus checks for people with disabilities and long-sought funding to ease the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic on home- and community-based services are looking increasingly uncertain.

Disability advocates have been pressing lawmakers in Washington since the start of the pandemic to address the needs of people with disabilities, who have been especially hard hit. Advocates were optimistic when the U.S. House of Representatives passed a wide-ranging relief bill in May, but since that time, negotiations between Democrats and Republicans have dragged.

Now the situation appears to have hit a new low. Last week, a pared-down coronavirus relief proposal failed in the Senate marking the latest stalemate and coming just weeks before lawmakers are set to break ahead of the November election.