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ACT NOW! This Bill is Unacceptable!

posted by Chris Sparks on Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We need your help TODAY! Below is the latest message from ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources), regarding the status of Medicaid. If these important steps are not taken by many, it could harm people with disabilities by reducing how much Medicaid they receive. It is critical you get involved and it will only take a few minutes. This CANNOT wait - changes are happening right now in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, March 23, the House of Representatives is going to vote on the Affordable Health Care Act of 2017 (AHCA), which would repeal the Affordable Care Act and include historic changes to Medicaid. We need you to tell Congress NOW that THIS BILL IS UNACCEPTABLE because as written, it could harm people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities by reducing how much Medicaid funding they receive.

The bill does this by changing Medicaid to a per capita cap program, which would fix set limits on how much Medicaid can spend per person. It is important for you to ACT NOW because this Thursday's vote is the first major step for the bill to become law, before it goes to the Senate for final approval and the White House for the President's signature. Members of Congress are facing significant pressure from Congressional Leadership and the White House to support the bill and they need to hear from you loudly and multiple times this week.

Before you go home today:

Call Congress to tell them this bill, as currently written, causes unacceptable harm to people with disabilities. Instructions and a short script are ready for you here

Email Congress - use the email action tool to send a pre-written message to your own Members of Congress. Feel free to personalize it. You will need to fill out the form so the tool can identify your Members of Congress.

Congress needs to hear from people in large numbers for this message to register, so please share this alert with all your networks - online and in person.

This is the time to enter the fight - you do not want to look back and regret not having spoken up at this historical moment in the Medicaid program. 

About The Author

Chris Sparks has been working in the field of disability services for over 35 years – beginning his career as a Direct Support Professional. As Executive Director of Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI) he focuses on the EPI mission to connect people to their communities, create opportunities, a ... read more