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Update: October 10, 2018

This morning the Department of Homeland Security published the "public charge" proposed rule.  The rule would discriminate against immigrants with disabilities and their families seeking to enter the U.S. or get a green card.  Many people with disabilities and their families rely on programs that the new rule would use as a basis for excluding them, including Medicaid (which is the only source for the many disability services not covered by private insurance), as well as food and housing assistance. The new rule will discourage families from using these critical public services for fear of harming their immigration status. It is critical that the disability community speak out against this devastating rule during the public comment period, which begins today and runs through December 10, 2018. Read CPR's opposition statement, check back for here for updates and visit Protecting Immigrant Families for more information. 



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.