Act Now

Update: October 30, 2018

The public charge rule will discriminate against immigrants with disabilities and their families trying to enter the U.S. (get a visa) or get a green card (become a permanent resident).  In collaboration with the disability community, Protecting Immigrant Families will focus this week on Health, Aging, and Disability as part of a broader campaign to unite public opposition and stop this rule.  Learn more about the public charge rule and what it means for people with disabilities with this grassroots explainer and a more detailed info sheet.  Here’s a link to help you comment on the rule.  Here’s a Social Media Toolkit to help you spread the word and encourage friends and family to comment on the rule.  Join us and other disability advocates on twitter on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at 2pm EST to #ProtectFamilies and help get the word out.  Check back for here for updates on the public charge rule. 

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Get involved! 

You can help protect Medicaid by telling  your Members of Congress to:

  • SUPPORT the EMPOWER Care Act to fund the Money Follows the Person program (House & Senate).
  • SUPPORT the bills on Electronic Visit Verification that delays implementation requirements for personal care services for a year (House & Senate).
  • OPPOSE the bills that would prioritize institutional care in Institutions for Mental Illness (IMDs) over community based care (House &Senate).
  • OPPOSE any spending cuts in the federal budget that would hurt people with disabilities and the Medicaid program (House & Senate).

Call your Members of Congress:

  1. Call the Capitol Switchboard at: (202) 224-3121(voice) or (202) 224-3091(tty) and ask to be connected to your senators or representatives.
  2. You can use this easy tool to find your members of Congress.

Educate yourself so you can be prepared to comment on forthcoming rules that could prevent individuals with disabilities and their families from legally entering the country. 

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Fight Proposed Changes that Hurt Medicaid:

Any time the administration wants to change a rule or policy, it must publish the proposed changes and allow the public to comment on them. The administration needs to respond to all of these comments before any changes can go into effect.

You can help protect Medicaid by commenting:

  • OPPOSE states that try to put work requirements into Medicaid.
    • Follow which states have pending proposals to make it harder for people to access Medicaid.
  • We’re still waiting on the Public Charge proposed changes and other proposals that would undermine the Affordable Care Act. When they become available, we will post resources for you to fight back!

Don’t Stop There:

We need every person to get engaged in advocacy to protect Medicaid now! Visit your Senators, join in rallies and protests, and engage in social media to talk about why Medicaid is so important to you and what dramatic cuts or changes would mean.

  • Tell your story – talk to your friends, neighbors, coworkers. Tell them why Medicaid is so important to you, your family, and your community. Invite them to join our fight.
  • Educate your representatives – in Congress, Governors, and State Legislators
  • Stay Informed– visit our learn more page and the sites of other disability advocates. You can also sign up for our  email list or follow us on Facebook.
  • Engage the mediawrite an op-ed for your local news outlet.