Protect the Lifeline

Your Voice Was Heard!

On Friday March 24th, Speaker Paul Ryan announced that the House of Representatives would not be voting on the American Health Care Act, which would have had devastating impacts on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 


Because of your advocacy - your calls, emails, and personal appeals - Medicaid and the ACA, which provide essential supports and services, have been protected.

Over the past few months we have asked you to act - and you did! Thousands of members of The Arc called, emailed, visited their members of Congress and shared their stories about the importance of the ACA and Medicaid in the lives of people with disabilities and their families - and it worked!

Our advocacy efforts will continue so that we may Protect the Lifeline for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 

About this Issue:
Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security, Medicare and civil rights laws like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are lifelines for people with I/DD and their families, providing benefits, supports, and civil rights protections that help make community living possible.

In 2017, The Arc calls on all advocates to join us in reaching out to the President and Congress to educate them on the importance of these lifelines and to urge them to preserve – not cut -- these essential programs and civil rights laws.

These federal programs provide the key to community living and inclusion for people with I/DD across the nation. Now more than ever, we must join together as a collective movement to ensure that our lifeline programs and civil rights are protected.

On this page, you’ll find resources for education and advocacy. Check back often, as we’ll be adding new tools throughout the year. 

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