The Honorable Alexander R. Acosta
U.S. Department of Labor
200 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20210
May 21, 2018
Dear Secretary Acosta:
We are writing about the critically important issue of preserving employment and job training opportunities for hundreds of thousands of Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For over 80 years, Section 14(c) of the Fair Labor Standards Act has played an essential role in providing employment and training opportunities to men and women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Government action on disabilities issues is shifting to Washington DC. As you know, the House of Representatives passed the American Health Care Act which would cap the federal share of Medicaid funding and have a very detrimental effect on individuals with disabilities across the nation.
Earlier this week, the Republican leadership of the House of Representatives revealed its plan for the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Included in the plan is a proposal to significantly change the federal government’s role in funding Medicaid.