Fight Drastic Cuts To Medicaid And Our Services!
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The United States Congress is considering health care legislation that will drastically cut funding to Medicaid by over $800 billion dollars. These cuts will have a devastating effect on funds for regional center services and IHSS (In-Home Supportive Services) and other supports. If these cuts go into effect, Californians with developmental disabilities could see substantial reductions in their services, such as supportive living, respite, social skills therapy, nursing aides, job coaches, transportation, and other critical supports for living in the community. In addition, the bills in Congress will roll back the health care safety net for millions of people with disabilities who use Medicaid as their health insurance. As individuals with pre-existing conditions, it will make obtaining private health insurance virtually impossible.
We need to join together to fight back against these harmful measures. There are a number of ways for you to join us:
1. TELL US YOUR STORY
How has Medicaid-funded services helped you or your loved one? Write us a brief letter telling us about how services have assisted you. Include your name and address at the bottom of the letter and email to email@example.com.
OR you can submit your letter online through the State Council on Developmental Disabilities at https://scdd.ca.gov/tell-us-your-medicaid-story/
2. CALL YOUR MEMBERS OF CONGRESS:
In California, both U.S. Senators have committed to opposing the legislation. But there are 14 members of the House of Representatives who voted in favor of the health care bill. Here is the list of those members and their areas (click on their name to go to their websites):
Rep. Ken Calvert – Represents Corona, Norco, Lake Elsinore areas https://calvert.house.gov/contact/
Rep. Paul Cook – Represents Yucaipa, Apple Valley, Barstow, Mammoth Lakes areas https://cookforms.house.gov/contact/
Rep. Jeff Denham – Represents Modesto, Turlock areas https://denham.house.gov/contact/
Rep. Duncan Hunter – Represents Temecula, Escondido, East & Northern County San Diego https://hunter.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
Rep. Darrell Issa – Represents Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Clemente areas https://issa.house.gov/contact
Rep. Steve Knight – Represents Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Simi and Antelope Valleys https://knight.house.gov/contact/email/
Rep. Doug LaMalfa – Represents Redding, Auburn, Oroville, Richvale areas https://lamalfa.house.gov/contact
Rep. Kevin McCarthy – Represents Kern and Tulare Counties, Bakersfield, Lancaster https://kevinmccarthy.house.gov/contact/email-me
Rep. Tom McClintock – Represents Lake Tahoe through Yosemite Valley and Kings Canyon https://mcclintock.house.gov/contact/email-me
Rep. Devin Nunes – Represents San Joaquin Valley and part of Tulare and Fresno Counties https://nunes.house.gov/contactform/
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher – Represents Orange County from Seal to Laguna Beach https://rohrabacher.house.gov/contact/email-me
Rep. Ed Royce – Represents Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Buena Park areas https://royce.house.gov/contact/zipcheck.htm
Rep. David Valadao – Represents Kings County, Hanford, parts of Bakersfield areas https://valadao.house.gov/contact/
Rep. Mimi Walters – Represents Irvine, Tustin, Mission Viejo areas https://walters.house.gov/contact/email
Find out who your Members of Congress are at https://contactingcongress.org/local
3. EDUCATE YOURSELF ON THE ISSUE:
A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network https://autisticadvocacy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/Medicaid-Toolkit-Plain-Text-Full.pdf An excellent plain language explanation of how Medicaid is critical in the lives of people with disabilities.
A Report on How the Bill Threatens People with Disabilities by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Stay updated on the issue with the Center for Public Representation. https://medicaid.publicrep.org