Personal Stories

Update: April 24, 2018

On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the House Energy and Commerce Committee is planning to mark up a bill that would allow Medicaid funds to be used for inpatient services in psychiatric institutions called Institutions for Mental Diseases (IMDs). Although the bill is aimed at combating substance use disorders, it also would require states to fund unnecessary institutional care at the expense of expanding critical community-based mental health services. Read our letter on the issues here.


Personal stories are the most effective form of advocacy. Talk about why is Medicaid important to you. A�

  • 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 membera��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 membera��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?