Thank you to the The Arc of King County for this action alert:
CALL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS, 866-829-3298 or 202-224-3121: The US House of Representatives is considering a vote right now on the healthcare bill. For people with disabilities, it is even worse than the Republican proposal roundly rejected by the American people in March. The newest “repeal and replace” of the Affordable Care Act may be voted on this morning. It would eliminate health insurance for 24 million Americans, gut Medicaid benefits and further undermine employment-based benefits, and jeopardize insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions and lifetime limits. Congressional leadership is refusing to even wait for the CBO to analyze the costs and effects of the bill.
We need you to call today. It is especially important to get calls into Representatives Reichert, Herrera Buetler, McMorris Rogers, and Newhouse.
NOTE: Many of you have tried to contact Congressman Reichert by phone but his voice mailbox is continually full. He does not have a public email address but does have a Facebook account that people are posting to asking for his vote to be NO on the health care bill. If you use Facebook, please consider posting.
Medicaid, which is part of the health care bill, funds nearly all supports and services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including employment services, personal care in the home, respite, environmental modifications, therapies, and assistive technology. These services allow people to exercise their choice, remain healthy, and live meaningful and productive lives at home and in the community.
People with disabilities nationally make up 15 percent of Medicaid enrollment but account for 42 percent of program spending. A variety of Medicaid funded programs, such as Apple Health, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Community First Choice (which includes personal care), and Home and Community Based Services Waivers fromthe Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA) provide a broad spectrum of services. Most individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities are enrolled in more than one Medicaid program. Our state could loose $2 billion a year from the cut they are proposing nationally.
Call your Representative TODAY, especially if they are Republican, as they are being targeted now to get them to vote “yes.” Let them know why you would like them to be a “no” vote.
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