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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 4.3 million Americans receive Home and Community Based Services (HCBS). Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has made providing HCBS far more difficult. Consequently, state governments have used Appendix K waivers to adjust HCBS to best support individuals who are elderly or disabled during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Illinois Summer Youth Employment Program

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive increase in unemployment throughout the United States. Many youth transitioning into the workforce struggled to find summer employment. Youth with disabilities transitioning into the workforce were hit especially hard by the economic downturn brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, the unemployment rate among youth with disabilities ages 16-19 reached 31.2% in July, compared to the 18.8% unemployment rate of all youth ages 16-19, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office...