Employment Testing Issue Statement

We support only those employment tests which meet the standards of the ADA and other Employment and Labor Laws such as the FLSA for employment testing of people with Disabilities.


Specifically, we are against any test which does not meet the BFOQ provision of the FLSA and the requirement to make reasonable accommodations for job applicants to take the tests.  Furthermore, if the test cannot be proven to be associated with an essential function of the job (which can be performed with or without accommodation),  on its’ face may discriminate against a person with a disability.


And only when such tests can be deemed legal we further support using only employments tests which meet the rigorous muster of accepted research methods for verifying external and internal reliability and validity.


We call on the EEOC to quickly investigate claims and take swift appropriate and meaningful action when Federal Laws are violated.

Managed Care Ombudsman Program Issue Statement

Whereas there is a Managed Care Ombudsman Program, which advocates for the rights and needs of Medicaid managed care members who have long-term services and live or receive care in a health care facility, assisted living program or elder group home as well as members enrolled in a home and community-based services waiver program.

There should be a Managed Care Ombudsman Program, which advocates for the rights and needs of Medicaid managed care members who receive assistance other than long term or HCBS waiver services.

Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers Issue Statement

There are a number of Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Waivers for persons with various types of disabilities plus the elderly   These Waivers  provide needed assistive services in the individual’s own home and community, so they can stay in their home surroundings and not be institutionalize, which would be much more expensive.

Whereas, these Waivers have waiting lists of people needing services for one, two or more years.

Whereas, as of July 2016 the total of persons on the waiting lists is 9,058 Iowans with disabilities and the elderly.

Therefore; the Iowa Legislature need to appropriate more funding to these Waiver programs, so that the waiting lists can be reduced.

Medicaid Managed Care Issues Statement

Whereas, people with disabilities have a vested interest in economic and social justice issues and are often more impacted then their non-disabled counterparts;


MCOs often has an adverse impact on an individual’s with disabilities due to a decrease in the number of providers and access to needed services.  For example, the Mayo Clinic is no longer accepting new MCO patients and will assess on a case by case basis whether or not the patient can obtain the same care from an in-state provider.


Regarding provider numbers-they are counting how many locations someone can be seen.  The number they are putting out is greater than the number of licensed physicians in the state of Iowa.


Denials and prior authorizations.  Coverage is not the same.  We are against the current MCO program as it is not operating as was promoted and, in fact, further displacing individuals and their families and creating greater financial, emotional and physical hardships.


Transportation to medical appoints is no longer streamlined; it is contracted out by each MCO which in turns contracts with a provider who then sub contracts out to the local geographical area to provide.  There is no consistency with transportation coverage.  These companies who are sub contracted out are often times providing services from outside of Iowa and to many other states.

Resolution for Employment Issues

Whereas, gainful employment is a socially meaningful activity that results in socioeconomic mobility;


Whereas, performing employment activities results in a sense of self-efficacy for many workers;


Whereas, the ability to perform employment activities is often dependent on the proper provision of rehabilitation and transportation services;


Whereas, employers often harbor misconceptions about workers with disabilities and may be reluctant to hire them;


Whereas, people with disabilities have the capability to make a meaningful and lasting contribution in the world of work;


Now, therefore, be it resolved that the Linn County Democrats resolve to support policies advocating the inclusion of people of people with disabilities in the workforce;


Be it further resolved that these policies include fully funding rehabilitation services, including vocational rehabilitation;


Be it further resolved that public transportation services be made fully accessible to individuals with disabilities consistent with the principals of universal design; and that paratransit services be fully funded to allow a schedule of operation consistent with the demands of the world of work;


Be it further resolved that specialized employment arrangement, such as sheltered workshops, continue to be made available to people with disabilities who may not be capable of competitive employment;


Be it finally resolved that we, the Linn County Democrats, fully support the integration of people with disabilities into the world of work as employment and performing meaningful work creates self-confidence, generates incomes, and provides people with the means to better themselves.

Minimum Wage Resolution

Whereas, people with disabilities have a vested interest in economic and social justice issues;


Whereas, disability status often has an adverse impact on an individual’s earning power;


Whereas, policies that promote economic justice foster inclusion at multiple levels of society;


Whereas, economic policies designed to raise the standard of living promotes access to services and goods that increase power of demographic groups adversely affected by current economic policies;


Therefore, Be it Resolved, that the Disability Caucus of the Linn County Democrats hereby express support for Linn County Supervisor Ben Rodger’s proposal to raise the county minimum wage to $10.25 by 2019.


Be It Further Resolved that future increases to the Linn County minimum wage reflect adjustments to the Consumer Price Index.


Catherine M Crist

Chair, Linn County Disability Caucus

August 18th, 2016

National Disability Voter Registration Week 2016

WHEREAS in July 2016 people with disabilities and our supporters celebrated the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); AND


WHEREAS there are over 50 million people with disabilities of all ages living in communities throughout the United States; AND


WHEREAS the disability community has a critical interest in policies enacted at local, state and national levels that effect the integration of people with disabilities, young and old, into our communities; AND


WHEREAS getting the disability community involved in influencing public policies is essential if these policies are to meet the real needs of people with disabilities to live in the community; AND


WHEREAS voting is one way for the disability community to exert their influence at local, state and national elections; AND


WHEREAS there are multiple efforts to develop disability coalitions around the issue of voting; AND


WHEREAS REV UP America (Register – Educate – Vote Use your Power) is a national effort to encourage local and/or state disability community voting coalitions.


THEREFORE, I Ron Corbett, Mayor of the City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Iowa, support the growing involvement of the disability community in the political process; AND

designate the week of July 11th – 15th as


National Disability Voter Registration Week


And encourage Cedar Rapids to increase the political power of people with disabilities while also engaging candidates and the media to recognize the disability community.