Act Now

Update: October 19, 2017

The attacks on health care continue from both the White House and Congress and we need to keep up the advocacy!

The Senate is expected to vote on the 2018 budget resolution today or tomorrow. This is the beginning of a process that will eventually enable Congress to pass tax cuts for the wealthy, and which will force deep cuts to various safety net programs. We are very concerned that this will include cuts to Medicaid and other essential services for people with disabilities. Although we expect this vote will pass, it is a critical time to remind your Senators on the importance of Medicaid for people with disabilities .

The President is also attacking the Affordable Care Act. While these attacks are not directly on Medicaid, they will nevertheless impact people with disabilities. We need to continue educating members of Congress on the importance of Medicaid and affordable health care for people with disabilities. 

Please call your member of Congress and tell them to oppose any bill or budget that proposes to cut or cap Medicaid and ask them to support bi-partisan actions around healthcare, including actions to stabilize the market. 

 
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Let your Senators know how harmful tax reform will be to people with disabilities.  Please call your representatives and encourage your friends and family to join you.  Let your representatives know that cuts to Medicaid put individuals with disabilities at risk of losing essential services that allow them to live and work in the community. This cannot happenIf you are a person with a disability or family member, tell your story!

Call the main Capitol line at: (202) 224-3121 (You’ll be directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard who can direct you to both of your senators.)

Talking Points

If you’re nervous or not sure what to say, get started with this easy script.

Don’t Stop There:

We need every person to get engaged in advocacy to protect Medicaid now!  Visit and call 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 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.
  • Attend an event – in person or remotely. Consider organizing your own.