Happy 18th Anniversary to the Olmstead Supreme Court Decision – June 22, 1999. This decision which stated that individuals with disabilities have the right to live in the least restricted setting possible has allowed for many states to shift away from larger institutional settings and provide many more options for people to live, work and participate in community live.
It is ironic then that today the Senate Republican leadership is planning on sharing a draft healthcare bill with their members, which would massively cut the program that is critical to community inclusion.
I know we are all tired and overwhelmed by this situation, BUT this is potentially the last eight days to fight for Medicaid. Senator McConnell has said that even if he does not have the votes, he wants to bring this bill up before the July 4 recess and then move on.
WHAT WE NEED YOU TO DO – ONE MORE TIME:
- Call the Senate Finance Committee at 202-224-4515 and leave message saying “I call for the committee to hold a hearing on the healthcare bill once it is released”. They are taking note of who is calling!
- Call your Senators to ask them to “Oppose any cuts or caps to Medicaid”. Go through this link so we can track who is calling. There is a space on the right side of the page to help you find your elected officials.
- Use social media to engage your friends and families with the hashtags #SaveMedicaid and #ShowUsTheBill.
Here is an article from the Washington Post laying out the few details we have thus far.
Bloomberg also did a great job summarizing why the Senate bill could cut Medicaid more than the House bill which promises more than $830B in cuts over 10 years.
**We should have more information about the bill once it is officially released today or tomorrow and I will share more than.
THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!
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