Talking Points

Update: November 10, 2020

The US Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments today in California v. Texas, a challenge to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) arguing that the law’s individual mandate is unconstitutional and that because of that, the entire law should be struck down.

A coalition of disability organizations, including CPR, has worked throughout the course of this litigation to represent the disability community and filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court earlier this year, explaining the importance of the ACA for people with disabilities. You can read the coalition’s statement on today’s argument here. More information on the case, including background information and legal filings, can be found on our webpage.

  1. 10 million people with disabilities rely on Medicaid for critical services that help them live and participate in their community.
    • Many people with disabilities are unaware that the services they receive are part of Medicaid. Services funded through Medicaid may be called something else in your state. If you’re a person with a disability and you receive any community-based support, its very likely through Medicaid.
    • Eg: nursing and personal care services, specialized therapies, intensive mental health services, special education services, employment supports, and other needed services that are unavailable through private insurance.
  2. Cuts to Medicaid would force states to reduce services, cut optional services, restrict eligibility, and increase waiting lists.
  3. The home and community based services (HCBS) on which people with disabilities rely to live and participate in their communities are especially at risk because they are optional and could be completely eliminated.
  4. People with disabilities will be disproportionally harmed by Medicaid cuts. Services and supports for people with disabilities makes up a significant part of state Medicaid budgets due to their long term care needs.
  5. Tell your member of Congress to oppose any cuts to Medicaid, Medicare or other programs.