Protect the Lifeline

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On Thursday, May 4, the House passed the American Health Care Act with a vote of 217-213. The legislation includes $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid over a ten-year period. The legislation will now move to the Senate for a vote. We will need your help in the coming weeks as we advocate against this dangerous bill. Should the American Health Care Act become law, it would have devastating impacts on people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. In addition, we are greatly concerned by proposed cuts in the President's Budget which would be devastating to people with I/DD. To read more about the details of this budget plan, read this recent blog post authored by The Arc US.  Be sure to check out additional information and resources below and join our advocacy network for all the latest updates. 

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.

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