Join the disability community in a call-in day on Tuesday, August 4th
, to urge the Senate to include funding for home and community-based services (HCBS) in the coronavirus relief bill being negotiated. We’ll have the latest updates available on our Facebook event
and encourage everyone to please RSVP and spread the word! We need to make our voices heard NOW. Contact your Senators to tell them #WhatWeNeed
HCBS funding is crucial to help people with disabilities and older adults stay safe in their own homes and out of nursing homes and other congregate settings that are being ravaged by COVID19. The Senate introduced a coronavirus relief package, the HEALS Act, last week but it has no funding for HCBS! The House included dedicated funding for HCBS in the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800) passed in May, and the Senate must do the same (with a clarification that all HCBS, including community mental health services, are included).
Even if you’ve called or emailed before, or shared your HCBS story on social media, we need you to contact your Senators again. It’s urgent that they hear from as many of us as possible, as soon as possible to get dedicated HCBS funding included in the final bill.
Contact your Senators today!
More on our efforts to make sure the needs of the disability community are met during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on our advocacy page
. For more information on HCBS and why dedicated funding is so critical right now, check out our fact sheet
Contact your Senators
- Email: We’ve put together a portal you can use to email and tweet your Senators directly here using our email script. Please also consider emailing and tweeting Senate leadership and the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee using the information provided below.
- Call: Call the Capitol Switchboard at: (202) 224-3121 (voice) or (202) 224-3091(tty) and ask to be connected to your Senators.
- Social Media: In addition to using our portal to tweet your Senators you can use this tool to easily tweet your Senators, Senate leadership, or the leadership of the Senate Finance Committee using our sample tweets, below. This easy tool can also be used to find your Senators’ contact information, including links to their Facebook and Twitter.
Senators from the following states are on the Finance Committee:
CO, DE, IA, ID, IN, KS, NY, LA, MD, MI, MT, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NV, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TX, VA, WA, WY
HCBS stories from these states are particularly helpful, so please spread the word!
Please also consider contacting Senate leadership and Senate Finance Committee leadership as well. Those members are:
Senate Finance Committee Leadership:
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