Personal Stories

Update: October 10, 2018

This morning the Department of Homeland Security published the "public charge" proposed rule.  The rule would discriminate against immigrants with disabilities and their families seeking to enter the U.S. or get a green card.  Many people with disabilities and their families rely on programs that the new rule would use as a basis for excluding them, including Medicaid (which is the only source for the many disability services not covered by private insurance), as well as food and housing assistance. The new rule will discourage families from using these critical public services for fear of harming their immigration status. It is critical that the disability community speak out against this devastating rule during the public comment period, which begins today and runs through December 10, 2018. Read CPR's opposition statement, check back for here for updates and visit Protecting Immigrant Families for more information. 

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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?