New York

New Yorkers with disabilities are at risk of loosing the services that enable them to live and participate in their community. 

 Medicaid provides New Yorkers with disabilities  access to critical care that helps them live independently. 

If 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.

It is absolutely essential to make the case to your representatives  Senator Gillibrand, Senator Schumer and Governor Cuomo, 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.

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.)

Easy Calling Script

Hello, this is[Name]. I am 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 services to live and participate in the community.

I am asking [Member of Congress’ Name] to vote no on any bill that cuts funding to Medicaid and to commit to protecting Medicaid, Medicare and other critical programs.

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 members 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 members 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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Services Funded Through Medicaid

Anyone receiving services through the following Medicaid funded program.

  • Nursing Home Transition and Diversion Waiver (DOH)
  • Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver (DOH)
  • Care at Home Waivers I, II, III, IV, and VI – (I and II: DOH; III, IV, and VI: OPWDD)
  • Bridges to Health (B2H) Waivers – B2H Serious Emotional Disturbances, B2H
  • Developmental Disabilities and B2H Medically Fragile (OCFS)
  • Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waiver (OPWDD)
  • Serious Emotional Disturbances (SED) Children’s Waiver (OMH)

Your Representatives

Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand
(202) 224-4451
478 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington DC 20510
Contact Form

Punam Ohri-Vachaspati
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Fellow

Senator Charles E. Schumer
Phone Number: (202) 224-6542
Address: 322 Hart Senate Office Building Washington DC 20510
Contact Form

Morgan Brand
Legislative Aide

Veronica Duron
Legislative Assistant

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
(518) 474-8390
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224
Contact Form

Find Your Congressional Representative here.
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