Personal Stories

Update: August 13, 2019

On August 12, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it had finalized the "public charge" rule.  The final public charge rule, like the proposed rule, will be devastating to -- and explcitly discriminates against -- people with disabilities and other health conditions their families who are seeking to enter the U.S. or applying for a green card.   This fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation explains the final public charge rule.  Several lawsuits have already been filed challenging the final rule.  The public charge rule will become effective on October 15, 2019, if litigation doesn't prevent the rule from going into effect.   Learn more about the final rule at the Protecting Immigrant Families Coalition website, and keep checking back here for updates.   


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?