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

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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Talking Points

  1. The latest attacks on healthcare are coming through tax reform under the 2018 Budget Resolution. 
  2. The 2018 Budget Resolution will pave the way for tax reform that will contain massive tax breaks for the wealthy, and massive cuts to social services, which will likely include Medicaid. The majority of Americans will suffer with this tax reform.
  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.  Care for people with disabilities makes up a significant part of state Medicaid budgets due to their long term care needs. 
  6. The home and community based services (HCBS) on which people with disabilities rely to live and participate in their communities are especially at risk because they are optional and could be completely eliminated. 
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