Coloradans with disabilities are at risk of losing the services that enable them to live and participate in their community.

Check out upcoming events in Colorado:

  • Town Hall with Rep. Doug Lamborn July 1 at 1:15 pm at 1175 Chapel Hills Dr. Colorado Springs, CO 80920

Colorado stands to lose $33 billion in federal funding for Medicaid, CHIP, and financial assistance for marketplace coverage. Medicaid provides people with disabilities with access to critical care that helps them live independently. 

If you care about people with disabilities – if you or someone you love is supported by Medicaid, please take action NOW

You matter, your story about Medicaid is critical, and your call makes a difference.  

Call Your Representatives at: (202) 224-3121
You’ll be directed to an operator at the Capitol switchboard. This switchboard can direct you to Senator Gardner ,as well as representatives.

What to Say

Hello, this is [Name]. I’m a resident of [Town, State] and [I/my child/sister/friend/co-worker etc] is a person with a disability who relies on Medicaid for health care and community support.

The proposed AHCA calls for per capita caps that will result in $834 billion in cuts to Medicaid, $33 billion in cuts to Colorado, leaving 10 million Americans with disabilities  at risk for losing the services that enable them to live and participate in their community. 

This would be devastating to individuals and families.

A health care plan that would leave that leaves people with disabilities without essential services is unacceptable. Please pass my concerns along to [Representative’s Name]. Thank you for taking my call!

[IF LEAVING A VOICEMAIL: please leave your full street address and zip code to ensure your call is tallied]

[Optional Add On]
Personal stories are the most effective form of advocacy. Talk about why is Medicaid important to you.  

  • If you or a family member are on Medicaid (including a waiver), what are the most important services to you? What difference has that made in yours and/or your family member’s lives?
    • Access to critical healthcare or therapies
    • Ability to receive in-home supports, residential supports or live independently
    • Ability to work or go to a day program (so your family can work)
  • What was your and/or your family member’s lives like before receiving Medicaid services?
  • Are you or a family member on a waitlist for Medicaid services? How would getting services make a difference in your lives?

It is absolutely essential to make the case to Senator Gardener and Governor Hickenlooper, about the impact of the Medicaid per capita caps on community services and supports for individuals with disabilities.

Please, whether you’re a lifelong activist or haven’t voted in years – take five minutes today to help defend essential services for people with disabilities.

Many people with disabilities are unaware that the services they receive are part of Medicaid. Services funded through Medicaid are provided through many programs. If you’re a person with a disability and you receive any community-based support, it’s very likely through Medicaid.

Your Representatives 

Focus your calls and visits on:
354 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Curtis Swager
Legislative Director
136 State Capitol Bldg
Denver, CO 80203
Other Senator (has publicly opposed the AHCA):
 261 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Rita Habib
Legislative Assistant
Key messages:
  • Do NOT support the American Health Care Act.  
  • Do NOT allow Medicaid to be gutted.  Per Capita Caps would decimate the program on which people with disabilities and seniors rely for critical healthcare and community services.  
  • Do NOT allow states to opt out of requiring health plans to cover basic health care and keep it affordable for people with pre-existing conditions, including people with disabilities.

Learn About the Impact of the Senate Bill on Coloradans:

Learn More About the Impact of the AHCA on Colorado

People with disabilities with pay for the GOP’s Medicaid cuts

Colorado Harmed By Medicaid Caps (Georgetown University Center for Children and Families (CCF) and NHeLP)
Medicaid in Colorado (Kaiser Family Foundation)
Medicaid Facts – Colorado (Children’s Hospital Association)
Check out this Op-Ed about the process the Senate is taking:
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