Legislative History of REAADI/DRMA

115th Congress (2017-18):

The Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies began collaborating with Senator Casey (D-PA) in 2018 following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and CA wildfires, in response to the disproportionate impact on people with disabilities and older adults throughout disasters. We engaged disability leaders, centers for independent living, disaster survivors with disabilities, and experts in inclusive emergency management throughout 2018 to develop what became the Readying Elders and Americans with Disabilities Inclusively for Disasters Act (READI) S.3679, which was introduced in the 115th Congress, on November 29, 2018, by Senator Bob Casey (PA) and co-sponsored by Senators Tammy Duckworth (IL), Amy Klobuchar (MN), Chris Van Hollen (MD), Richard Blumenthal (CT), Patty Murray (WA) and Maggie Hassan (NH). 

95 organizations supported READI at introduction in the 115th Congress.

116th Congress (2019-20):

In the 116th Congress, the READI was updated, and it was reintroduced on June 11, 2018, as REAADI, the Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion for Disasters Act (S. 1755 /H.R. 3208) with further collaboration with The Partnership by Senator Casey and Congressman Langevin. REAADI alone could not improve the systems sufficiently for people having to relocate from their areas, so collaboratively with Senator Casey and then Congresswoman Shalala, who introduced The Disaster Relief Medicaid Act (DRMA) (S. 1754 /H.R. 3215) concurrently. 132 organizations supported REAADI, and 124 organizations supported DRMA at introduction in the 116th Congress.

117th Congress (2021-22):

During the winter months of 2021, The Partnership was summoned once more and brought together stakeholders to develop further input on REAADI and DRMA for Senator Casey, Congressman Langevin (D-RI), and Congressman Panetta (D-CA) on these two historic pieces of disability and disaster legislation that will dismantle barriers faced by disaster-impacted people with disabilities, older adults, people with access and functional needs, and other Medicaid-eligible people impacted by disasters; improve outcomes; and increase disaster resources for disability organizations, emergency managers and local communities.

On Thursday, August 5th, 2021, Senator Casey, along with 6 other Senators, introduced REAADI (S. 2658) and DRMA (S. 2646) in the Senate!

On Friday, August 6th, 2021, Representative Langevin, along with 7 other Representatives, introduced REAADI (H.R. 4938) in the House, while Representative Panetta, along with 2 other Representatives, introduced DRMA (H.R. 4937) in the House!

2023 Reintroduction

REAADI for Disasters Act (S. 1049 / H.R. 2371) was reintroduced on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, by 10 Senators and seven Representatives. Senator Casey (D-PA), alongside Senators Gillibrand (NY), Warren and Markey (MA), Duckworth (IL), Blumenthal (CT), Wyden (OR), Smith (MN), Sanders and Welch (VT). Congresswoman Dingell (D-MI-6), along Congresspeople Holmes Norton (DC), Panetta (CA), Huffman (CA), Bowman (NY), Fitzpatrick (PA), Moskowitz (FL).

The Disaster Relief Medicaid Act is expected to be reintroduced in late Spring 2023.

In the background is an image of the US Capitol with a blue sky above. Typography over it is: "REAADI, introduced 3/29/23. 10 Original Senate Co-Sponsors: Senators Casey (PA), Gillibrand (NY), Warren (MA), Duckworth (IL), Blumenthal (CT), Markey (MA), Wyden (OR), Sanders (VT), Smith (MN), Welch (VT). 7 Original House Co-Sponsors: Congresspeople Dingell (MI), Holmes Norton (DC), Panetta (CA), Huffman (CA), Bowman (NY), Fitzpatrick (PA), Moskowitz (FL)" The REAADI sun logo is at the bottom, with the words around the sun: "Real Emergency Access for Aging and Disability Inclusion."