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Millions of Americans rely on Medicaid to live with dignity. They, along with millions of other people with disabilities, will be harmed by the Senate’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that cuts the revenue necessary to fund Medicaid. This isn’t about data and numbers, it’s about the lives of real people. See some of their stories below. We hope it will inspire you to take action. You can submit your own story here.

AUCDNews
#SaveMedicaid #NoCapsNoCuts
b3nkauf
Educate your legislators so they know what's at stake. #SaveMedicaid #NoCapsNoCuts
HDAdvocates
Advocates beginning to gather outside the Thompson Center supporting the fight so save Medicaid #NoCapsNoCuts #SaveMedicaid
autselfadvocacy
"It is not fair that they have taken what we depend on and put it on the chopping block for tax cuts!" #NoCapsNoCuts #SaveMedicaid
nsandlin
Standing with people in IL & all over US to #SaveMedicaid with #NoCapsNoCuts at Thompson Center
TheArcofNC
#Nocutsnocaps
TheArcofNC
#nocutsnocaps
TheArcofNC
#nocutsnocaps #savemedicaid
autselfadvocacy
"Medicaid is the only thing keeping me housed... In cuts to Medicaid, community services will be first to go." #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps
autselfadvocacy
An important perspective from the #NoCutsNoCaps rally #SaveMedicaid
m_blessen
Rally today to #ProtectMedicaid. Nearly 1 in 10 veterans, like Joe, rely on #Medicaid for health coverage #NoCutsNoCaps #ProtectOurCare
HDAdvocates
"Before you think about my politics, I'm a human being" #SaveMedicaid
PPIAction
Everyone deserves access to quality care, no matter what. #SaveMedicaid
speaknowforkids
Did you know #MilitaryFamilies also need us to #SaveMedicaid 4 their kids w/ complex medical needs? Learn abt Rian:
LawMama85
Medicaid pays for special ed services that students w disabilities need to succeed. @RepDonBacon #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps
Leah Beltran
This is my son Ian who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This disease is progressive and fatal. Because Medicaid was privatized, his specialists will no longer see him. Ian cannot see just any doctor. He must see doctors who know about his disease. We have one last chance to see a doctor in another city who is gracious enough to accept Ian's Medicaid. What happens when no one will see him? How can we do this to the very people Medicaid was created for? Why don't our legislators understand that providing community care in community settings, benefits everyone? It has been proven through many community programs, over and over again. We can't let this happen. I am the Executive Director of a private non-profit who sees the successes of the community based programs and I see the sad failures of a Medicaid system that is becoming a sham. This has to stop now.
Janene/ Katrynna
My daughter needs Medicaid! Without it I wouldn't be able to afford her medications to treat her schitzophrenia! I wouldn't be able to afford the blood work that is required every few weeks and I definitely couldn't afford the doctors and hospital! Medicaid is a service so many people need and for my daughter it helps her have a positive and wonderful life by keeping her stabil. Without it I can't imagine how her quality of life would be! Katy is Medicaid
Brigitte Hancharick
Brigitte is 30 years old and has cerebral palsy. She needs 24/7 care. She lives at home and completely in the community, supported by her parents, 5 brothers and friends. Her mother was able to leave her part time because Medicaid pays her to care for Brigitte. If not for the money she receives from Medicaid Brigitte's mother would have to return to her part time job and there would be no one to care for Brigitte, her father works full time. Paying Brigitte's mother to care for her saves the state money. It would be much more expensive for Brigitte to go to a facility during the day. Brigitte's family would care for her with or without medicaid but they are fortunate enough to be able to do that. Many families are not. It is a person's civil right to be a part of their community like everyone else!
Mark Boatman
I'm 41 and am on a ventilator 24/7. I desperately depend on Medicaid for my attendant, nursing, and medical services. We cannot afford any cut in this essential program. Please save My Medicaid or I will be forced back into a nursing home where I would likely die.
Grace Trumpower
My name is Grace Trumpower. I am 18 years old. I have a job running a support group for students with disabilities. I have cerebral palsy, Dysautonomia, systemic arthritis, and more. Medicaid helps pay for my medications, physical therapy, and home health aides. Without Medicaid, I would not be able to do my job or enjoy hobbies, and I would not be able to live in my community. Please, for the sake of myself and millions of other people with disabilities living in America, #SaveMedicaid
Robyn Dorton

I'm going to be 39 in just a few months. I have seizures and always will have them.i had since I was 1 month.there are other factors to consider of me as well.if you were to cute Medicaid I wouldn't be able to pay for my medicine which cost so much.each of my meds that I take cost around $200-$900.for someone who is on a budget from month to month.don't got that type of money.especially when SSDI goes and cuts someone's check in half then the person can't get food or go to the doctor.try walking in our shoes for a day with limited money or can't go to the doctor. Then you will understand where we come from. So DON'T CUT MEDICAID/MEDICARE

Sassysutherngal
Caps don’t give states more flexibility. They just give states less money. #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps @JerryMoran @SenPatRoberts
KimJarrett2
#savemedicaid @MarkWarner @timkaine help people live at home not nursing homes or institutions
KimJarrett2
#savemedicaid @timkaine @MarkWarner do you love VA's children? Disabled?
heatherbsachs
Medicaid is key to my child's future opportunities. TY to @ChrisVanHollen and @SenatorCardin for ur support! #SaveMedicaid
KimJarrett2
#Savemedicaid @TimKaine @Markwarner
UniteOurVoices
@SenatorIsakson Please vote against cuts or caps to Medicaid. My son, Jacob, thanks you & all his friends! #NoCapsNoCuts #SaveMedicaid
KimJarrett2
@realDonaldTrump #savemedicaid #myservicesmatter #communityliving
KimJarrett2
#savemedicaid #nocuts # nocaps #protectdisabled #children #protectelderly #protectamericans #protectvoters @realDonaldTrump
What cuts in Medicaid mean to our family and our community: Cuts in Medicaid have the potential to transport us back to the bad old days when people with disabilities were not seen, not heard, and relegated to living in dreary institutions. I’m not that old, but I am old enough to have been told that if I needed help with my severely disabled son, I should send him to Muskatatuk State Hospital. “Think of your other children”, I was told. It would be best for him. I couldn’t possibly understand how sending my three year old son, who needed more love, more attention, more patience…more of everything…away from his family who loved him best of all, into the care of strangers, would be best for him. So I didn’t do it. And I’m so thankful. He has been a gift, enriching the lives of all who know him. I visited Muskatatuk though. Years later when we were lobbying to shut down the State institutions. I visited the ward where the severely autistic, mentally disabled young adults were housed. Every one of them had cauliflower ears (the caretaker explained there was a biter on the ward), broken, missing and yellow teeth, and all were cowering and suspicious. I think I cried for a week after that visit. Every time I looked at my handsome young son, he was 17 at the time, I knew that with a simple twist of fate, he could have been one of those neglected souls, forgotten, unloved, and as a result…unable to love. No quality of life. Every one of those young men had a family that couldn’t care for them. The only difference for us was, in spite of the physical and economic hardships, we had managed. So are we back there? With the specter of institutionalization looming for men like my son? Right now, through Medicaid Waiver services, he lives not far from me or his brother and sisters in a house he shares with 2 other middle-aged men who also need 24 hour care. He is home several times a week, is included in all family functions, attends church with us, and is known and loved by many in the community for his unrestrained joy in living. Are we going back those bad old days of warehousing those who can’t fend for themselves? Because that is what cuts to Medicaid will mean to my son. He can’t have any less care. We’ve already been through enough cuts and his services are pared to the bone. I think Americans are a proud, moral, just people. We are not the kind of people who believe it is OK to discard our family members with disabilities, or let our aging neighbors die of neglect. We need to rally together now and assure our legislators that turning back the clock and underfunding services for children, people with disabilities, and our elderly is not acceptable. We are not a third world country. We are the United States of America. The richest nation on earth. We are a nation of communities full of people who care. Let your Congressman know how you feel.
IamMedicaid
Got my checkup today and am making progress. I weighed less than 2 lbs at birth. I am Alabama's future. #IamMedicaid #ALpolitics
Rasheera Dopson

Hi my name is Rasheera. I'm 25 years old and I was born with a Craniofacial condtion. I have no right ear or jaw bone. Over the course of my life I have had 101 surgeries. Recently I was denied coverage because of Short - Term Disability because of my pre-exsisting condition. Without proper care or coverage I'm unable to support my medical needs. We need our legislator to protect our care and acknowledge our rights!

KimJarrett2
#savemedicaid @JohnKasich
GT_Excel
@SenIsakson #Downsyndrome is a #PreexistigConditio! Please #SaveMedicaid #NoCutsNoCaps
GaryBlumenthal
Call Your U.S. Senators this week to #savemedicaid . Defeat the AHCA-TrumpCare cutting over $800 Billion from Medicaid.
shrivercenter
POLL: Most Americans want to keep the #ACA’s #Medicaid expansion.
SSCalcano
#savemedicaid #downsyndrome #AHCA
KimJarrett2
@timkaine @MarkWarner #savemedicaid #servicesmatter #peoplematter #nocuts #nocaps
KimJarrett2
#savemedicaid #saveservices #peoplematter #nocuts#nocaps @timkaine @MarkWarner
TuesdaysToomey
@SenToomey Pat Marburger has a child on Medicaid bc he has a preexisting condition. He deserves protection! #saveMedicaid #ProtectOurCare