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VACIL Webinars

The Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL) will hold weekly webinars to discuss state legislation addressing disability issues. The webinars will be held on Wednesdays at 3:00pm. Each webinar is expected to be 15-60 minutes. Disability organizations are invited to provide information about their issues. Please register to participate in the webinars.

Register for the webinars at  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the webinar.

If you do not have access to the internet during the webinars, you can listen in on the discussion by phone. To join only by phone, dial 978-964-0031, pass code 9927541#. You will not be able to see the material or ask questions if you join the webinar by phone only. If you are joining by phone only, you can request the material an hour before each webinar by contacting 

The first webinar on January 24 will include a review of the legislative process, including how the state budget is developed and approved. 

Real-time captioning of the webinar will be provided by request. For a link to the webinar captioning contact 

The webinars are open to people with disabilities, their families, and other advocates.


Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living (VACIL)

LEGISLATIVE TRACKING – Virginia General Assembly

January 19, 2018


Vacil Select Budget Amendments Requested by Senators and Delegates 





Advocating for the integration & inclusion of people with disabilities into all aspects of society

 2018 Legislative Priorities

Maintain current rights to pursue remedies when a public accommodation fails to comply with state or federal laws related to access. Senate Bill 199 would require that an individual with a disability who encounters a barrier to access in a public accommodation provide the business a detailed notice about the access problem and give the business a minimum of 60 days to respond before the individual can bring a civil action. The notice requirements for the individual would involve a series of steps that may be in violation of state and federal law. Oppose Senate Bill 199 (DeSteph).


Permit individuals to make decisions about life sustaining treatment. State law allows a physician to end life sustaining treatment requested by the individual or their surrogate, if after 14 days the physician is unable to find another physician to continue the treatment. Legislation would allow a physician’s “determination of the medical or ethical inappropriateness” of the treatment to be based on the individual’s disability “to the extent such factors relate to the patient’s medical condition”. Disability undoubtedly often relates to and affects the patient’s “medical condition”. Oppose Senate Bill 222 (Edwards) and House Bill 226 (Stolle).

Provide independent living services to prevent institutionalization, assist people to transition from nursing facilities, and to assist young adults to transition from school to adult life. Support budget amendments 329 #7s (Hanger) and 329 #7h (Landes).

Provide independent living services in areas without an established Center for Independent Living. Support budget amendments 329 #6s (Hanger) and 329 #6h (Landes).

Prohibit discrimination on the basis of a person’s source of income, such as Section 8 vouchers. Oppose House Bill 178 (Richard Bell) that would allow an owner to deny or limit rental of housing to people whose payment of rent is contingent upon the acceptance of a contract authorizing rent by an entity other than the lessee. Support Senate Bill 909 (McClellan) and House Bill 1408 (Bourne) that would prohibit discrimination based on the source of rent.

Improve the communication and education of young children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Support House Bills 118 (Kory), 232 (Tyler), 735 (Carr), 848 (Ingram), 943 (Webert) and 1410 (Helsel) and Senate Bill 160 (Edwards).

Require high schools without American Sign Language (ASL) courses to grant credit for community college or virtual ASL courses for foreign language graduation requirement. Support House Bill 84 (Richard Bell).

Provide for better assessment and consideration of Braille for students who are blind. Monitor House Bill 336 (Cole) to ensure that if passed, HB336 would improve access to Braille instruction.

Require transportation network companies, e.g. Uber and Lyft, to adopt and enforce a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of disability. Support House Bill 1013 (Simon).

Study Medicaid-funded transportation services. Support House Joint Resolution 109 (Gooditis).

People with low income who are otherwise unable to access health insurance could benefit from expansion of Medicaid. Support initiatives that would expand and improve Medicaid access to individuals who are otherwise not eligible for Medicaid or affordable private health insurance.

Require health insurance plans to offer Medicare supplement insurance policies for people with disabilities under age 65. Support SB161 (Edwards) and SJ54 (Deeds).

Require health insurance plans to modify medication step therapy that now requires “fail first” protocols for some medications. The “fail first” requirements are preventing people from accessing medication in a timely manner. Support House Bill 386 (Davis) and Senate Bill 574 (DeSteph).

The introduced budget includes a 2% rate increase for Medicaid consumer-directed staff. Budget amendments would remove this 2% increase and provide a 2.75% rate increase for agency provided personal care services. Rate increases should be equal for both consumer-directed and agency provided personal care, respite and companion services.

Provide training for people who provide consumer-directed services. Support $500,000 for training included in the introduced budget.

The introduced budget included up to 16 hours a week of overtime wages for consumer-directed personal care, respite and companion services. Budget amendment would remove the allowance for these overtime wages. Allow overtime wages in limited circumstances using an exception process.

Reduce the 12,300 person waiting list for the Medicaid Developmental Disabilities Waivers.

Add 2,296 DD Waivers slots to eliminate priority one waiting list - 144 CL Waiver slots, 1847 FIS Waiver slots, 305 BI Waiver slots. Support budget amendments 303 #1h (Torian), 303 #2h (Guzman), 303 #9s (Howell), 303 #12s (Barker). Support the introduced budget that includes 75 FIS Waiver slots, 680 CL Waiver slots, 70 DD Waivers slots for people transitioning from facilities, and 50 reserved CL Waiver slots. 

Eliminate the Family and Individual Support (FIS) Waiver waiting list. Support House Bill 1449 (Guzman)

Permit cannabidiol oil or THC-A oil to be used for medical conditions. Support SB597 (Vogel), SB726 (Dunnavant), SB788 (Marsden), SB795 (Dunnavant), HB458 (Filler-Corn), HB1014 (Toscano), HB1064 (Heretick), HB1251 (Cline), HB1422 (Marshall).

Prohibit disability from being the sole basis of denial or restriction of parental custody or visitation. Support House Bill 491 (LaRock), House Bill 515 (Robert Bell) and Senate Bill 70 (Favola).




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