Fight Drastic Cuts To Medicaid And Our Services!

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:


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

OR you can submit your letter online through the State Council on Developmental Disabilities at


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

Rep. Paul Cook – Represents Yucaipa, Apple Valley, Barstow, Mammoth Lakes areas

Rep. Jeff Denham – Represents Modesto, Turlock areas

Rep. Duncan Hunter – Represents Temecula, Escondido, East & Northern County San Diego

Rep. Darrell Issa – Represents Carlsbad, Oceanside, San Clemente areas

Rep. Steve Knight – Represents Palmdale, Santa Clarita, Simi and Antelope Valleys

Rep. Doug LaMalfa – Represents Redding, Auburn, Oroville, Richvale areas

Rep. Kevin McCarthy – Represents Kern and Tulare Counties, Bakersfield, Lancaster

Rep. Tom McClintock – Represents Lake Tahoe through Yosemite Valley and Kings Canyon

Rep. Devin Nunes – Represents San Joaquin Valley and part of Tulare and Fresno Counties

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher – Represents Orange County from Seal to Laguna Beach

Rep. Ed Royce – Represents Fullerton, Yorba Linda, Buena Park areas

Rep. David Valadao – Represents Kings County, Hanford, parts of Bakersfield areas

Rep. Mimi Walters – Represents Irvine, Tustin, Mission Viejo areas

Find out who your Members of Congress are at


A Self-Advocate’s Guide to Medicaid by the Autistic Self Advocacy Network 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.

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