Governmental Affairs Action Alert ~ January 30, 2017
The National Down Syndrome Congress along with the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is joining the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations (LCAO) to urge our members to participate in call-in days Tuesday, January 31 and Wednesday, February 1. We hope you will participate by calling your Senators and House members.
The new President and the new Congress are moving quickly to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). While the NDSC supports making government programs as efficient and effective as possible, we are concerned that – as of today – no replacement plans have been shared. Even more troubling is that major cuts to, and restructuring of, Medicaid and Medicare have been discussed. We must let policymakers know how their decisions may adversely impact individuals with disabilities.
TAKE ACTION NOW!
Call the US Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senator’s office. To find out who your Senators are, go to: www.whoismyrepresentative.com
You can also call a hotline, 866-426-2631, donated by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). After you listen to their message, you can enter your zip code and it will connect you.
Below are talking points you might use for the calls:
No repeal of the ACA without simultaneous replacement
If Congress votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a replacement package that provides equivalent or improved access to affordable, quality health coverage i.e., no discrimination for pre-existing conditions must be included in the same legislation.
No cuts to, or restructuring of, Medicaid
People with disabilities rely on the Medicaid program. It is the primary public source of funding for the long-term supports needed to live and work in the community. Program cuts, along with block granting or per capita cap proposals, would hurt people who have no alternative means of paying for essential services.
Preserve Medicare for current and future seniors and people with disabilities
Medicare has been a successful program and enjoys strong support from most Americans. Proposals to restructure the program to shift more costs onto beneficiaries would make health care far less affordable and accessible to seniors and people with disabilities.
If you have questions, please contact NDSC’s Governmental Affairs Director, Susan Goodman, at firstname.lastname@example.org