Write a personalized message to your representatives.

You can find direct contact information for your individual legislators below:

  • your U.S. Representative here 
  • your two Senators here 
  • your governor here

Fact Sheet: Sending Elected Officials Emails, Letters, and Faxes

Talking Points

  1. All of Congress’ healthcare bills proposed devastating cuts to Medicaid.  If your members of Congress voted NO, thank them.  If your members of Congress voted YES, tell them how disappointed you are in their vote and ask them to vote NO on any future bill that would cut Medicaid.  
  2. Congress may try again to pass significant cuts to Medicaid, whether through another healthcare bill, in the budget, or in tax reform.  We need to continue to educate members of Congress about the importance of Medicaid to the lives of people with disabilities.
  3. 11 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid for critical services that help them live and participate in their community.
    • Many people with disabilities are unaware that the services they receive are part of Medicaid. Services funded through Medicaid may be called something else in your state. If you’re a person with a disability and you receive any community-based support, it’s very likely through Medicaid.
    • Eg: nursing and personal care services, specialized therapies, intensive mental health services, special education services, employment supports, and other needed services that are unavailable through private insurance. 
  4. Cuts to Medicaid would force states to reduce services, cut optional services, restrict eligibility, and increase waiting lists.
  5. People with disabilities will be disproportionally harmed by Medicaid cuts.  They make up about 14% of Medicaid participants but account for 40% the cost.
  6.  The home and community based services (HCBS) on which people with disabilities rely are especially at risk because they are optional and could be completely eliminated.
  7. People with disabilities and their allies oppose any bill — be it a healthcare bill, the budget, or tax reform — that cuts or caps Medicaid.
  8. Vote no to or any bill that caps or cuts Medicaid, cuts healthcare for people with disabilities, and does not protect people with pre-existing conditions.
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Personal Story

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?
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